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Forget the Dow – ‘Real America Index’ is a Better Benchmark


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Forget the Dow — ‘Real America Index’ is a Better Benchmark
InvestorPlace launches a new index comprised of 50 stocks for 50 states to measure American stocks and the U.S. business climate.

Real America IndexRockville, MD — (April 7, 2011) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average turned 115 years old this year, and it’s about time Americans found a better index to measure the U.S. economy. Though our current 30 Dow components are headquartered in the U.S., many derive a majority of sales from international operations — and some employ more folks overseas than they do in America., a financial website with over a million monthly visitors, has launched an innovative new feature called the “Real America Index” to better represent theU.S. economy. Here’s how this uniquely American index is calculated:

  • There is one company from each of the 50 states and theDistrict of Columbia.
  • Each company has local impact such as sizeable statewide employment and hometown philanthropy efforts.
  • The 50 component stocks of the Real America Index collectively tell the tale of the broaderU.S. economy.
  • Selections represent the uniquely American spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation.

The feature also has an interactive map showing the performance of component stocks, as well as in-depth write ups for each selection. There is also a commenting forum to allow readers to share their thoughts on the Real America Index stocks.

Some of the featured Real America Index companies and their respective states include:

  • Nike (NYSE: NKE) for Oregon: Two avid runners from the University of Oregon created lightweight rubber insoles using a waffle iron and sold shoes out of the trunk of a car. Now Nike is an international sports powerhouse.
  • Ford (NYSE: F) for Michigan: The only one domestic automaker to avoid Bankruptcy, the company continues the legacy of founder Henry Ford by rethinking its operations and product line today.

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