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Where can you find a Dow Jones tracker for the year to date?

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Many websites provide tracking of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, including Money.CNN.com, MarketWatch.com and Finance.Yahoo.com. There are also exchange-traded funds, such as the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF, directly tied to Dow Jones companies.

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To find the Dow Jones on Money.CNN.com, click on the Markets tab at the top of the page. Under the Markets heading is a quick selection of information on major stock market indexes, including the Dow Jones. Click Dow for more detailed information. MarketWatch.com and Finance.Yahoo.com both list major indexes directly on the main page.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an index made up of 30 major American companies. Created in 1896, it continues to serve as a major benchmark for the performance of American businesses.

Investors can tie their fortunes directly to the Dow Jones by investing in specific exchange-traded funds, such as the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF. This ETF contains shares of all 30 Dow Jones companies. Created in 1998, it is one of the oldest ETFs. It is also one of the largest, with $12.44 billion in assets, as of 2015. ETFs are traded on a stock exchange and have lower fees than mutual funds, but lack the same level of management.

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