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All About Index Funds: The Easy Way to Get Started (All by Richard Ferri

By Richard Ferri

The entire instruments and strategies you must make investments effectively in High-Yield, Low-Risk Index cash The up to date moment version of Richard Ferri's bestselling All approximately Index cash deals person traders an easy-to-use advisor for capitalizing on one in every of contemporary most popular making an investment areas_index cash. This wealth-building source presents crucial info on index cash; professional recommendation on find out how to commence making an investment; and successful concepts for prime returns with low possibility. the second one version of All approximately Index cash gains: up-to-date tables, charts, and information on functionality, charges, and new cash step by step counsel on lively indexing and dialogue of its increasing position insurance of all new U.S. fairness indexes that experience replaced the dynamics of the index fund industry and a brand new bankruptcy on commodities and commodity index cash Vanguard's revision of the indexes it makes use of for benchmarking dialogue of the expanding approval for ETFs for powerful asset allocation

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Distribution was a third roadblock. For most of the twentieth century, mutual funds were distributed through stockbrokers who where paid an 8 percent commission or more. The very idea of paying a broker a large commission simply to buy an index fund did not fit well with investors. No-load funds first appeared in the late 1970s. The fourth reason index funds did not exist prior to 1976 was the reluctance of the mutual fund industry to accept the idea. Fund company executives wanted to prove their firm could beat the market, and they viewed indexing as a personal insult to their intelligence.

In the 1960s the Cowles Index was reengineered and reintroduced as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Alfred Cowles was not alone in the call for greater prudence on Wall Street. In the 1950s academic researchers began to search for “efficient” portfolios of stocks and found that the most efficient portfolio was the market itself. Efficient portfolios are groups of stocks that earn the highest return per level of risk. D. Roy conducted much of the early research on efficient portfolios, and some of these people went on the win the Nobel Prize in Economics for their efforts.

That was a far cry from $50 million but 04 6/27/03 8:11 AM Page 38 CHAPTER 3 38 enough to get started. As an aside, in February 1977, Vanguard dropped all sales agreements with brokerage firms and permanently eliminated all sales loads in their funds. From $11 Million to $80 Billion From its meager beginning, assets in the Vanguard 500 Index Fund have grown to over $80 billion today. However, the road to success was not easy. A deluge of critics assaulted the concept, particularly Vanguard’s competitors.

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