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  • Style Drift on Steroids

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    by IFA Contributors — Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    In Step 6 of IFA’s 12-Step Recovery Program for Active Investors, we analyze the problem of style drift, the tendency of active managers to buy securities outside of their mandate. Normally, style drift ...Read More

  • When Two Minuses Do Not Make a Plus

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    by IFA Contributors — Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    As a registered investment advisor, Index Funds Advisors, Inc. is constantly solicited by mutual fund companies and ETF (exchange-traded fund) providers hoping to convince us to use their products for our ...Read More

  • The Turn of the Tide

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    by Mark Hebner — Thursday, September 8, 2011

    Is there change on the horizon? A recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek by Charles Stein details the disenchantment investors are experiencing with stock pickers. Mutual funds that invest in domestic ...Read More

  • Breaking Down the Style ETFs

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Monday, June 23, 2003

    Investors who use index-linked exchange-traded funds to slice and dice various parts of the U.S. market can choose from benchmarks from Russell, S&P/Barra, and Dow Jones. ...Read More

  • Will McClatchy

    Index Tracking is a Secondary Goal

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    by Will McClatchy — Sunday, December 23, 2001

    As investors examine year-end performances of their index funds, one measure they should not focus on too closely is tracking error. Keeping a portfolio reasonably close to its intended index is desirable, but ...Read More

  • Comparing Mutual Funds to Different Benchmarks

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Friday, January 19, 2001

    What a difference two years can make. In 1999, only 33% of mutual funds were able to beat Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500. In the year 2000, over 72% of all mutual funds managed that task. Nearly half of all funds ...Read More

  • Random Drift and Asset Allocation

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    by David Booth — Thursday, July 1, 1999

    A doubling of the price-earnings ratio occurs when r-g is cut in half. If r-g is 6%, then the P/E ratio for a stock or index is 16.7. If r-g is 3%, then the P/E ratio is ...Read More

  • Style Drift Illustrated

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    by IndexFunds.com Staff — Friday, January 1, 1999

    Actively-managed funds often start out as one kind of animal and slowly evolve into something totally different over time. For investors who care about developing asset class portfolios with funds that stay ...Read More