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Can you explain what is an index fund

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It's a fund that invests in a certain list, or index, of funds all at once, instead of buying individual stocks

It is generally advantageous for most people to use index funds because it lowers your risk, since your profile represents a broader set of investments

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Instead of buying only apples, bananas, and oranges individually, you buy a basket of different fruits

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Using an index fund is one method to diversify.

A typical index fund is the S&P500, this is a list of 500 of the worlds largest public companies that qualify via criteria from Standards & Poors.

The investment isn’t equal weight but instead by each companies market cap vs all 500 market cap combined.

The biggest advantage of an index fund is you diversify across multiple companies so experience a smoother journey ie Intel fails a recent innovation stage (stock drops) but NVidia is now more likely to win more (stock goes up). Whilst you would have gained more if you held NVidia directly, you expose yourself to downside risk too as no one can perfectly predict the future (if you can, let me know and I’ll make us both rich).

There are thousands of different types of index funds. The above S&P types are popular as its market wide (so if you assume we continue to expand globally over time, you will get gains). Lots of others in cloud tech, AI, weed, international, small/mid cap, fintech, genomics, etc.

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Vanguard small cap

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