The ‘Real America Index’: A Better Benchmark

by Alyssa Oursler | July 3, 2012 11:35 am

InvestorPlace Real America Index[1]Last year, InvestorPlace debuted the Real America Index[2] — an index of stocks that are red, white and blue through and through. This year, we’re bringing it back — with a few tweaks here and there.

While the Dow Jones Industrial Average originally was created to measure truly American companies that were influential in truly American industries, the list has very much drifted away from that goal.

Sure, current Dow stocks are headquartered in the U.S., but some have a majority of sales from international operations and others even employ more workers overseas than here at home.

And our list, on the other hand … well … the name says it all. It takes 51 stocks from 50 states and the District of Columbia to create a more accurate look at the U.S. economy and stock market.

Here’s a closer look at how we crafted our uniquely American index:

Much can change in a year, though, so we’ve refined our list to make sure it’s up-to-date and still provides an exclusively American perspective into the U.S. economy and the businesses in your local community.

Check out the complete list of Real America Index components[4], complete with an interactive map of short-term and long-term returns.

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