How many times are we told that the best investment strategy is to buy and hold forever? How often do we scorn the decision-making process of wealth managers on the knowledge that passive investing can generate greater returns? And how regularly do we bemoan the costs of the ‘elitist’ investment industry?
The answer to all those questions, is constantly.
But despite the mountains of evidence on the best way to invest and build wealth for the future, most people still do the opposite.
In 1974 Jack Bogle took a bigger step than anyone ever had before (or has done since) in shaking up the industry. He launched the first ever mutual fund which is based on the well-known investment principle that a diversified basket of companies which track entire stock market indices can outperform hand-selected portfolios.
Importantly, Mr Bogle’s funds were cheap, and therefore allowed millions of ordinary, middle-class citizens access to the stock markets for the first time. Vanguard’s strategy…
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