Own the Market With Index Funds and ETFs

They're cheap and beat most actively managed funds. What's not to like?

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is from Kiplinger's Mutual Funds 2008 special issue. Order your copy today.

Beating the market's return consistently is a very hard thing to do, and that's why we celebrate the handful of mutual-fund and hedge-fund managers who manage to do it. But we can—and do—get carried away with the idea of beating the market. Studies show that having the right mix of stocks, bonds and other types of investments in your portfolio adds far more to your return than stock picking.

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Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance