Is an S&P 500 index fund right for you?
If there’s one downside to buying index funds, it’s that you get no say as to which stocks you own. In the case of S&P 500 index funds, any stock that’s part of that index will be a stock you end up owning a piece of. Also, index funds aren’t designed to beat the broad market. If you want your portfolio to generate a return that exceeds that of the S&P 500 over time, then you’ll need to handpick stocks, instead.
But if your goal is to put together a diverse portfolio without investing a lot of time, then it pays to look at S&P 500 index funds — both in your regular brokerage account, as well as your retirement savings plan.
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