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The S&P 500 is an index of the top 500 companies in the U.S. stock exchange. Find out more about the S&P 500 with tips from a registered financial consultant in this free video on financial planning.

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This is financial adviser Patrick Munro talking about what is the S&P 500. The S&P 500 is an index of the top five hundred companies in the United States in the stock exchange, if you will. The S&P is the oldest index that's out there. It's commonly referred to as the blue chip index. It contains industry sectors ranging from construction with companies like Caterpillar, to petroleum sectors with companies like Exxon and Chevron, to aerospace with companies like Boeing. And of course Microsoft is in there as well. The drug companies are in there, Pfizer and Merck. Also, wide ranging brands such as Coca Cola, and Disney are S&P 500 companies. So, for the most part, these are companies that are well known by Americans. These companies also for the most part in today's economy are making most of their sales overseas, not in the US. So, it's good to know that working with these companies you can benefit from overseas exposure. The S&P 500, the blue chip index, it's a great way to place your retirement dollars. This is Patrick Munro discussing the benefits of the S&P 500.

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