The table below lists the historical dividend yields & annual total returns of the FTSE 100, FTSE 250 & FTSE All-Share indices. The current dividend yield of the FTSE 100 is 3.77% (12/31/2020), which is higher than the historical average yield. The corresponding yield of the All-Share index is 3.57%.
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Calculating Index Total Return
When the total return of an index is calculated, also dividends and other distributions paid by the companies part of the index need to be taken account. Only considering price returns does not give a complete picture of the index performance, especially when returns are calculated for a longer time period.
Another important thing to consider when the long-term performance is evaluated is whether dividends are assumed to be reinvested back to the index or taken in cash. If the distributions are always put back to the index, be sure to familiarize yourself with the process of compounding.
FTSE All-Share consists of 606 components that capture 98% of the UK’s total stock market capitalization. The index is a better indicator for the overall economic performance of United Kingdom than the FTSE 100 index that consists mainly of multinational companies which are generating most of their revenues outside of the UK. In February 2021, the total market cap of the index was £2,185,925 million.
London Stock Exchange (LSE)
London Stock Exchange is the largest stock market of Europe and the third largest in the world when measured by the value of the listed companies. The exchange is operated by the London Stock Exchange Group that also owns Borsa Italiana and global asset management firm Russel Investments.