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Gain some insights into fascinating facts and data about the Sensex

Did you know?

  • The word 'Sensex' is a combination of words 'sensitive' and 'index'. The Sensex is India's first real-time index.
  • Sensex was launched on April 1,1986, but its base year was chosen as April 1,1979, at a value of 100. This means that though the history of the Sensex is available from 1979, it came into being only from 1986.
  • Looking at its history, Sensex gave a compounded annual growth rate of 16.1 per cent from 1979 to 2019. Till 1986, when the Sensex was not actually available but was traced back, the returns were 27.9 per cent CAGR. After its launch in 1986, it gave an annualised return of 13.7 per cent.
  • Since 1979, gold has grown 45 times (CAGR 10 per cent), but Sensex has grown 390 times (CAGR 16.1 per cent). Rs 10,000 invested in gold in 1979 would have turned Rs 4,50,620 in 2019. The same amount invested in the Sensex would have turned Rs 39,14,028.
  • If you had started an SIP of Rs 200 in the Sensex in 1979 and increased it by 10 per cent annually, you would have invested Rs 10.71 lakh in total and your investment value would be Rs 97.19 lakh.

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