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An index fund is a fund that pools investors capital for the purpose of investing in securities, typically a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF), that aims to replicate the movements of an index of a specific financial market.
A well-managed index fund provides investors with a simple way to access such advantages as low costs, improved tax efficiency, style consistency and reduced manager risk. Investors should be mindful that not all index funds are low cost and that some indexes can be exploited by active investors when the indexes periodically reconstitute.
The key measure for accessing an index fund's efficiency is how well it tracks its benchmark index. (more...)
This week in financial history
- 1997 - Standard & Poor's Depositary Receipts (SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF) were launched by State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) as the first exchange-traded fund in the United States (preceded by the short-lived Index Participation Shares that launched in 1989). The ETF was designed and developed by a team led by Nathan Most. Source: The 15 Most Important ETFs
- 1885 - The New York Stock Exchange recommended that listed companies publish and distribute to stockholders annual financial statements. (Source)
- 1974 - John Bogle was fired as CEO of Wellington Management Company. Source: Robert Slater (1996) John Bogle and the Vanguard Experiment. McGraw-Hill. pp.60 -63.
- 2005 - The Korea Exchange (KRX) was newly established by consolidating three domestic exchanges: Korea Stock Exchange (KSE), KOSDAQ Market, and Korea Futures Exchange (KOFEX). Source: Korea Market Profile
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