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The Incredible Simplicity of Index Funds and Why It Matters

When it comes to investing, research shows that you’re better off embracing the boring. How is this done?

The primary way is to seek out low-cost index funds for your IRA, 401k, or other investment account, rather than using “actively managed” mutual funds. The research is consistent on this topic: Index funds outperform the vast majority of actively managed mutual funds over time.

What are index funds and how do they relate to actively managed mutual funds? The answer will help you become a better investor.