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Anchor Your Portfolio With Index Funds
Index funds seek to mirror the performance of a market index, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the Standard & Poor's 500, by buying a proportional weighting of the stocks represented in the index. Index funds are passively managed and merely mirror the risk characteristics of the underlying index.  Unlike actively managed funds, index funds do not attempt to buy stocks based on the fund manager's outlook for certain companies or for the market in general. Instead, they purchase or sell shares only when the index replaces stocks or when investors buy or sell shares of the fund. Because index funds are not actively managed, they usually have much lower management fees and expenses -- helping them to outperform many actively...
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