Tag: Vanguard

John Bogle: Father of Index Funds died at 89

Yesterday, January 16, 2019, will go down in history for the passing of John Bogle, fondly known as the father of index funds, who died at the age of 89.  He was the first to create a mutual fund tied to an index such as S&P 500 and made index investing a popular phenomenon.  He revealed to the world that active fund managers rarely beat the benchmark indexes on a consistent basis and are plagued by exorbitant advisory fees and high operating costs. 

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Type of Equity Funds

3 Tenets of Equity Funds

A typical retirement plan may have anywhere between 15 to 30 investment options. In certain cases, the list may contain 100+ options. Honestly, the longer the list, the harder it is for employees to make a sensible choice. Keeping a tab and trying to understand so many options is not an easy task and requires a lot of time. And that dilemma sometimes results in inaction and you may end up parking your hard earned money in assets that don’t offer a good return or charge higher fees.
Let’s take an example of a retirement plan that has 15 options. A typical line up consists of 7-8 equity funds,4-5 bonds and 1-2 options focused on specific assets like real estate, oil & gas etc.
Let’s dig deeper into equity options. The first question in your mind may be ‘why 7-8 equity funds?’ The idea is to offer choice and diversification so that you don’t pull all your eggs in one basket.

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