October 27, 2019
Wall Street Brokers missed the memo on Index Funds
"In recent years, investors have been flocking to low-cost index funds, driven by their long-term record of outperforming higher cost actively managed funds" writes Randall Smith in The Wall Street Journal (10/7/19). However, clients of Wall Street brokers have just 29% of assets in passive index funds according to a report by Cerulli Associates. The situation is even worse for clients of regional and independent firms with only 20-22% of assets invested in index funds. Who is getting rich? Certainly not the client who is paying high fees for funds that under perform their indexes. The benefits of index investing has been a major theme of this blog. Check out other posts that may convince you that your charming, persuasive broker may not have your best interests in mind.