The S&P 400 Midcap Index is the most widely-followed U.S. Midcap stock market index. This index was first introduced in June 1991. I have previously posted charts with annual returns through 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. The chart below shows calendar-year returns between 1992 and 2012 (click on the chart for a larger view). The chart below also shows five-year annualized returns, starting with the fifth full calendar year of the existence of the S&P 400 Midcap Index (i.e., 1996), ten-year annualized returns, and fifteen-year annualized returns.
As illustrated, the S&P 400 Midcap Index rebounded in 2012 from a down year in 2011, rising about 17.88%. The annualized return
of the Index from 1992-2012 was about 11.28%, the 5-year annualized
return through 2012 was about 5.15%, the 10-year annualized return
through 2012 were about 10.53%, and the 15-year annualized return were
about 9.14%. The total return (including reinvested
dividends) between December 31, 1991 and December 31, 2012 was about 842.87%.
am a fan of midcap stocks and recommend that any long-term investor
seriously consider investing money in midcap stocks, such as those
tracking the S&P 400 Midcap Index (e.g., the Midcap SPDR ETF
(symbol: MDY) tracks the
S&P 400 Midcap Index). Midcaps tend to provide higher returns
over time than large cap stocks, such as those comprising the
S&P 500 Index, although such stocks are generally more volatile
over shorter time periods.