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Indexing Basics: Your Questions Answered

by Staff
Friday, January 1, 1999

What is indexing? Why index? What is an index fund? How do index funds differ from other mutual funds? How does indexing work? Why don't index investors try to beat the market? What is an Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)? What can an index fund ...Read More

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  • How Indexes are created:

    by Rahul Seksaria — Friday, January 1, 1999

    Not all indexes are created in the same way. How they are put together can affect investor returns. Three methods primarily used to construct indexes ...Read More

  • Beware the Claims of the Stock Picking Gurus

    by Eric Tyson — Friday, January 1, 1999

    It's easy to dismiss the outrageousness of the claims made by someone like Wade Cook. Even if you don't know that Cook has been in trouble with securities regulators and courts for many years now, your common sense tells you that five and six digit ...Read More

  • The Slippery Slope of Fund Expenses

    by William Bernstein — Friday, January 1, 1999

    Investors not infrequently founder on the shoals of incorrect assumptions. Among the most prominent are the existence of money manager skill and a simple faith that past asset class returns are precisely predictive of future returns. ...Read More

  • Want to Day Trade the Indexes?

    by Rahul Seksaria — Friday, January 1, 1999

    With the huge success of WEBS, Barclays Global Investors recently filed with the SEC to offer 51 open-end domestic index funds. They are revolutionary new products for index investors allowing them to day trade almost all U.S. ...Read More

  • WEBS - A Flexible Way to Span the Globe

    by Rahul Seksaria — Friday, January 1, 1999

    Index investors have had limited options in foreign investing, but in the past two years WEBS (World Equity Benchmark Shares) have changed this situation dramatically. WEBS are country-specific indexes (17 so far) that trade like stocks. ...Read More

  • New York Institute of Finance Guide to Mutual Funds 2000

    by Staff — Friday, January 1, 1999

    Mutual Funds are undoubtedly one of the great financial inventions of all time. Fund investors can get broad diversification and professional management at much lower cost and greater convenience than would be possible otherwise. However, with more than ...Read More

  • Pricewaterhouse

    Twenty-Five Years of Indexing

    by Pricewaterhouse — Thursday, August 6, 1998

    A report commissioned by Barclays Global Investors concludes that indexing has saved institutional investors worldwide as much as $105 billion since its inception 25 years ago. The report, entitled "Twenty-Five Years of Indexing," was conducted by ...Read More

  • Engineering Portfolios for Better Returns

    by Eugene Fama Jr. — Friday, May 1, 1998

    This isn't surprising. An active manager's primary directive, hardwired into his psyche, is to pick winners. Value investing is about investing in earnings-distressed companies. Picking the big potential earners from the value stock universe is similar to ...Read More

  • An Interview with Eugene Fama

    by Peter Tanous — Saturday, February 1, 1997

    Eugene Fama grew up in Boston, a third generation Italian-American. While an undergraduate at Tufts University, he excelled in athletics and majored in French-an inauspicious beginning for a future giant in the field of economics. ...Read More

  • An Interview with Merton Miller

    by Peter Tanous — Saturday, February 1, 1997

    Merton Miller's illustrious academic career started at Harvard, from which he graduated in 1943. He spent the next few years in Washington, D.C., working at the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve. He earned his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in ...Read More

  • Financial Economists Roundtable

    Statement on Risk Disclosure by Mutual Funds

    by Financial Economists Roundtable — Wednesday, September 18, 1996

    The growth in the U.S. mutual fund industry in recent years has been explosive. Individuals invest in such funds directly and through retirement funds such as 401(k) plans. With ...Read More

  • Rex Sinquefield

    Active vs. Passive Management

    by — Thursday, October 12, 1995

    With respect to market behavior there are, at the extremes, two views. At one extreme is the well-known efficient market hypothesis which says that the prices are always fair and quickly reflective of information. In such a world neither professional ...Read More

  • Rex Sinquefield

    Active vs Passive Management

    by Rex Sinquefield — Sunday, October 1, 1995

    Active management is the art of stock picking and market timing. Passive management refers to a buy-and-hold approach to money management. It can be applied to any asset class: big stocks, small stocks, value or growth, foreign or domestic can all be accessed by passive ...Read More

  • A Work of Art: CRSP's Database

    by Marilyn Kun — Wednesday, March 1, 1995

    In 1959, Louis Engel, a vice president at the firm then known as Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, telephoned James H. Lorie, '47 Ph.D., (then professor of business administration, now professor emeritus since 1991) and asked whether anyone knew how ...Read More

  • Coming Full Circle

    by Marilyn Kun — Wednesday, March 1, 1995

    For Sinquefield, CRSP was a major factor in the decision to come to the GSB. "Basically, financial economics would still be in its nascent stages if it weren't for a database like CRSP," he says. "Academics simply wouldn't have been able to do the ...Read More

  • Darts and the Dow

    by Ken Garner — Sunday, December 20, 1992

    How good are the experts? Not very, according to a short-term experiment for the ...Read More

  • Who Needs Experts?

    by 20/20 — Friday, November 27, 1992

    The odds are you would be better picking stocks this way; throwing darts at the stock ...Read More