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This article discusses index funds and modern portfolio theory (MPT) as espoused by Burton Malkiel, but first makes a digression into the topic of "beating the market." Investors and prospective investors regularly encounter the phrase "beating the market" or sometimes "beating the S&P 500." What does this mean? Somehow I'm reminded of the way Garrison Keillor used to start his show on Minnesota Public Radio, "Greetings from Lake Woebegon, where all the women are beautiful and all the children are above average" .. but I digress. To answer the second question first: The S&P 500 is a ...
to be sure, but I believe they should play a supporting role to the index-fund-dominated lead. The following index fund investment FAQ is meant get you acquainted with this most attractive of investment vehicles. In a word, very favorably. The exact numbers depend on the exact time period you’re looking at, of course, but in general the average low-cost index fund will outperform 70-80% of the actively-managed funds in its category over 5-, 10, and 20-year periods. Read Evaluating Mutual Fund Performance for more on the proper way to compare the performance of different mutual funds. Read More
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