The All Ordinaries (XAO) or "All Ords" is considered a total market barometer for the Australian stock market. It contains the 500 largest ASX listed companies and accounts for 86% (December 2021) of Australia's equity market.
No Exchange Traded Fund tracks the index.
Australia's Top 500 companies by market capitalisation (not S&P constituents).
The All Ordinaries launched on 31 December 1979 with a starting value of 500.
Many publications still quote the index as a benchmark due to its 20+ years as Australia’s premier index.
XAO, ^AXAO and INDEXASX:XAO.
Top 500 stocks by market capitalisation (Dec 2021)
• Dividend Yield is 3.70%
• PE Ratio is 23.32
Since inception, the index has returned 6.68% p.a. excluding dividends and 11.17% including dividends (Dec 2021).
What about Dividends?
The All Ordinaries Index does not include dividends. The All Ordinaries Total Return Index (XAOA) includes all cash dividends reinvested on the ex-dividend date (excluding franking credits). This accumulation index is typically only used as a comparison tool for long-term investment returns and therefore not widely quoted on a daily basis.
Rebalances occur annually in March.
In March 2021, there were 62 additions and 57 removals. Unlike most other S&P/ASX indices, if a company is removed from the index there's no replacement until the next rebalance. See a list of historical rebalance announcements.
There's no related ETFs. The closest alternative is an ASX 300 ETF.
Note: Market Index uses market capitalisation to generate the above share price list. This enables more accurate (and dynamic) overviews and includes ETFs.