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Criticism of index-tracking funds is ill-directed

INDEX funds were devised in the 1970s as a way of giving investors cheap, diversified portfolios. But they have only become very popular in the past decade. Last year more money flowed into “passive” funds (those tracking a benchmark like the S&P 500) than into “active” funds that try to pick the best stocks. In any other industry, More...

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One type of ETF is taking over the market

Business Insider In the Fidelity Insight of the week, Silverstein speaks to Matt Goulet, a vice president of sector investment strategy, about the rise of bond ETFs. He says financial advisers are driving this by More...

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Nike is having a huge Black Friday sale — these are the deals that are worth your time

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.  Nike is having a huge Black More...

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This family of 5 has been sailing around the world for 9 years

The Gifford family left their home in Washington in 2008 to sail around the world. They have not stopped since. We met up with them in the summer of 2016 in Noank, Connecticut to learn their story and to see how More...

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Real estate M&A has eclipsed the record level set on the eve of the financial crisis — and it’s to do with the retail apocalypse (GGP)

Johnny Joo It’s been a record year for real estate mergers and acquisitions, with $ 387 billion in announced transactions worldwide. Part of the explanation rests with Real Estate Investment Trusts More...

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What five years of Abenomics has and has not achieved

IN TOKYO’S Iidabashi district, north of the Imperial Palace, young salarymen and women gather after work to enjoy grilled chicken and a drink at Torikizoku, a chain of budget restaurants. They tap out their More...

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Is the Fed the biggest threat to economic expansion?

Business Insider Business Insider executive editor Sara Silverstein speaks to Michael Collins, the senior investment officer at PGIM Fixed Income, about the Fed. He says he’ll be watching closely to More...

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10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, TSLA, FOXA, GPS)

Here is what you need to know.  Tax reform passes the House. By a vote of 227 to 205, mostly along party lines, the House passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. A $ 423 billion investor More...

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What is the purpose of tax reform?

IF MAKING America great again is the aim, you could do worse than bring back the economic growth rates of the late 1990s. President Donald Trump’s team reckons that the Republican tax plan making its way through More...

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Pope Francis calls out ‘growing inequality in healthcare’ in rich countries

Thomson Reuters Pope Francis condemned healthcare inequality in rich countries, saying “costly treatments are available to ever more limited and privileged segments of the population.” The Pontiff More...

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