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Are index funds better than stocks?
Is a paintbrush more valuable to an artist than a DSLR camera? Of course, it depends on what kind of artist it is and what kind of art they are trying to create. In a similar way, stocks are often referred to as instruments. They can be used for one purpose or another.
As a general rule of thumb, investing in an index fund is a way to hold capital long-term, with the potential for steady growth and minimal depreciation. Investing in any single stock, by comparison, would be theoretically more high-risk and vulnerable to a complete collapse. Companies do go bankrupt from time to time.
Finally, as we live in extraordinary times, with market crashes a possibility, there’s scarcely been more uncertainty in living memory in the markets. So who’s to say where the greatest advantage is?
Can I get rich from index funds?
I wouldn’t bet the house. Index funds are designed to reflect the underlying performance of the index being tracked. Because of its low fees, this can put investors in an advantageous position. And it is possible that an index fund narrowly tracks a high-growth sector, such as emerging markets handling materials and energy.
In this instance, a sizeable investment could see strong dividends and performative returns. But I wouldn’t bet the house on getting rich…maybe, richer is a closer probability.
Is the S&P 500 an index fund?
Currently, the S&P 500 may be the most popular index fund and the planet. This is a very interesting fact because the world is currently going through the process of “de-dollarisation”. The US economy is slowly falling from grace as the world’s prime superpower. And other superpowers are rising up, notably Russia and China. So who knows what’s in store in the future?
Did Vanguard invent the index fund?
The index fund was created by a series of technological investigations. Any original concept was developed by two academics. Paul Feldstein and Edward Renshaw published a paper in 1960 in the Financial Analysts Journal, entitled “The Case for an Unmanaged Investment Company”.
Despite derision at the time, almost two decades later John Bogle (founder of the Vanguard Group) became a leading proponent of index investing. And eventually developed a mass retail index fund offering.
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