The Dow Jones Industrial Average is definitely the Rodney Dangerfield of the market these days. Traders can't wait to take a shot at the index for being a dinosaur, holding too few names, holding the wrong names (this includes us), or being weighted incorrectly. All of these complaints are mostly true, but if performance is the ultimate arbiter, the Dow wins.
Below is a chart highlighting the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average versus the S&P 500 since 1980. As shown, the Dow is up 1,759% over this time period, while the S&P 500 -- which traders treat as the gold standard -- is up 1,497%.