Returns And Standard Deviations

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This activity will help you gather and analyze data relating to returns and standard deviations.

Use Yahoo! Finance or another site to get monthly pricing for the S&P 500 ETF (SPY), Coca-Cola, and Netflix for the past five years. Then, calculate the following using Excel and the provided instructions:

  •        Monthly returns for each stock
  •         Average monthly return for each stock
  •         Annualized returns based on the monthly average return for each stock
  •         Standard deviation of monthly returns for each stock
  •         Annualized standard deviation based on standard deviation of monthly returns

Compare the differences in returns and standard deviations in the three sets of data, and discuss their investment implications using a cell within the spreadsheet document.