Market Quick Stats – March 2022

For the first time in 2022, the S&P 500 finished the month up from the previous month with a total return of 3.6% in March. The year-to-date total return is -4.7% for the benchmark stock index.

While rising Fed funds rates are historically a negative for stock, the result has been worse for bonds so far.  The S&P Aggregate Bond Index is down -5.5% year-to-date due to rising rates. Viewed from a slightly positive perspective, income yields on the aggregate bond index are up 0.50% from last month.

The chart below highlights recent prices, total returns (total return always includes dividends), dividend yields, and trailing and forward-looking P/E’s for several major indices.




Tot. Return


Twelve Mo

Forward Estimate P/E

S&P 500

4,766 4,530 -4.7% 1.4% 24.0x 19.5x



34,678 -4.2% 1.9% 18.9x


S&P US Aggregate Bond Index -5.6% 2.8%

*Statistics on S&P 500 index, DJIA index, and S&P US Aggregate Bond index from S&P Dow Jones Indices.




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