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Why Pay More and Earn Less?

Posted by Samuel A. Kiburz on Nov 4, 2022 10:26:11 AM

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Chart shows the growth of total index assets and cumulative savings from 1996 - 2021 index funds

Today’s Chart of the Day comes from S&P Dow Jones Indices and shows the cumulative savings from using index funds vs. actively managed funds, as well as the growth of indexed funds since 1996.

Index funds have reached a staggering $7 trillion in total assets. Since active funds costs more vs. indexed funds, investors have saved an equally impressive $400 billon in fees, which is more than the entire market value of Wal-Mart.

The reason for growth in index funds? Since S&P started keeping score 20 years ago, only a paltry 6% of active funds have outperformed them.

As you can see in the chart, more and more are starting to say, “Why pay more and earn less?” and moving their investments accordingly.

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