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Effective Investing: A simple way to build wealth by investing in funds by Mark Dampier

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Chapter 8. Other Ways to Invest

Passive investing

There is no doubt that so-called passive investments, in the form of index funds and exchange-traded funds (known as ETFs), have become a lot more popular in recent years. We can see that on the daily traffic on the Hargreaves Lansdown website, where we now publish regular research on both index funds and ETFs. (The key difference between the two is that the former can only be bought and sold once a day through the issuing company, while the latter can be bought and sold throughout the trading day in the stock market, just like shares.) The number of markets and sectors that are now covered by passive funds has grown enormously in the last 20 years, which if nothing else is good for choice. ...

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