Index Funds

Should You Invest in Actively Managed or Index Funds?
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Should You Invest in Actively Managed or Index Funds?

Low-cost index funds tend to outperform most actively managed funds over time. One smart solution: Strike a balance between the two.
February 7, 2017
The Best Way to Invest in Index Funds
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The Best Way to Invest in Index Funds

Build a portfolio that balances index funds with actively managed funds to get the best returns over time.
February 7, 2017
Why Good Funds Turn Bad
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Why Good Funds Turn Bad

Past results are no guarantee of future performance, they say. Here are some reasons why.
January 26, 2017
Invest in This Index Fund for Bonds From Exotic Locales
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Invest in This Index Fund for Bonds From Exotic Locales

Vanguard scores with a fund that owns long-term government debt from emerging markets.
January 9, 2017
It's a Bad Time to Invest in S&P 500 Index Funds
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It's a Bad Time to Invest in S&P 500 Index Funds

Fewer actively managed funds are beating Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index than at any time except the late 1990s. That won’t last.
September 19, 2016
Should You Be an Index Investor?
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Should You Be an Index Investor?

Although index funds offer quite a few benefits, rock-bottom expenses are most significant.
July 27, 2016
7 Best Fidelity Index Funds for the Money
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7 Best Fidelity Index Funds for the Money

Vanguard isn’t the only place to get a good deal on index funds.
July 23, 2016
The Hidden Dangers of Index Funds
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The Hidden Dangers of Index Funds

There are plenty of good reasons for owning passively managed funds. But that doesn’t mean index funds are flawless -- or harmless.
June 20, 2016
New Vanguard Index Funds Target International Dividends
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New Vanguard Index Funds Target International Dividends

One mutual fund and one ETF focus on dividend growth abroad, while the other mutual fund and ETF go after high-yielding stocks.
March 4, 2016
Index funds and ETFs: Shop smart
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Index funds and ETFs: Shop smart

December 2014 | Five key costs to consider when checking out passive funds.By FIDELITY VIEWPOINTS
December 8, 2014
Pick the Best Index Fund for You
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Pick the Best Index Fund for You

Smart-beta funds, which are emerging as alternatives to traditional stock-index funds, are worth a look.
October 31, 2014
Why You Shouldn't Put All Your Money in Index Funds
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Why You Shouldn't Put All Your Money in Index Funds

Stock index funds are performing superbly as the bull charges ahead. But don’t look for them to protect you when the market stumbles.
August 21, 2014
Designer Index Funds Come Into Fashion
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Designer Index Funds Come Into Fashion

Instead of focusing on size, these ETFs weight stocks by key measures such as profits or sales. We pick four standouts.
December 3, 2013
The Trouble with Index Funds
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The Trouble with Index Funds

You’ll need to look elsewhere for protection from the full brunt of the next bear market.
November 20, 2013
Don't Buy Bond Index Funds or Individual Bonds
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Don't Buy Bond Index Funds or Individual Bonds

When it comes to bonds, conventional wisdom has it wrong. Index funds make little sense. Ditto for investing in individual bonds.
September 19, 2012
Should You Invest in Pimco's Stock Index Funds?
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Should You Invest in Pimco's Stock Index Funds?

The big bond manager combines derivatives with its fixed-income expertise to create funds designed to better their indexes.
July 24, 2012
Index Fund War: Fidelity vs. Vanguard
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Index Fund War: Fidelity vs. Vanguard

The mutual fund giants' dueling means lower costs and more investment options for you.
October 14, 2011
Should I Buy Indexed Funds or Actively Managed Funds?
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Should I Buy Indexed Funds or Actively Managed Funds?

This is one of the 20 tough financial questions posed in the “Do This or That?” cover story in the September 2011 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Financ…
August 31, 2011
Own the Market With Index Funds and ETFs
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Own the Market With Index Funds and ETFs

They're cheap and beat most actively managed funds. What's not to like?
September 12, 2009
A Fundamentally Better Index?
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A Fundamentally Better Index?

Index funds that weight companies by measures other than market value may offer better returns.
August 31, 2009
The Dow Is an Outdated Index
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The Dow Is an Outdated Index

Other benchmarks do a better job of tracking the market. They're the ones you should invest in.
August 19, 2009
Good News About Index Funds
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Good News About Index Funds

Funds that merely mimic the market did better than expected during the downturn. They're also attracting gobs of cash.
August 5, 2009
Why I Would Avoid Index Funds
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Why I Would Avoid Index Funds

Actively managed funds are poised to beat index funds over the next year or two.
June 25, 2009
Indexing in Question
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Indexing in Question

Actively managed funds are trouncing S&P 500 index funds this decade.
April 29, 2008
A Better Way of Indexing?
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A Better Way of Indexing?

Jason Hsu, one of the creators of fundamental indexing, answers our questions about the origins of this method and how it is holding up in the real wo…
November 21, 2007
Index Beaters 2
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Index Beaters 2

What's so special about the January-to-December year, anyway? Sure, Legg Mason Value beat the S&P 500 in 15 straight calendar years, but there were ma…
September 12, 2007