Earlier this morning we highlighted the historical p/e ratio of the S&P 500. Below we provide the historical dividend yield of the index as well. From the first part of the 20th century through about 1980, the yield was in the 3% to 6% range. The technological revolution of the 80s and 90s brought about a change in the makeup of the index, causing its yield to decline. Currently, the yield on the index is about 1.9%, still low by historical standards, but well above the historical low of 1.07% set in August 2000.