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The Index Revolution


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Foreword vii Introduction xvii Acknowledgments xxxvii Part One Over 50 Years of Learning to Index 1 1 My Half-Century Odyssey 3 Part Two The 10 Good Reasons to Index 73 2 The Stock Markets of the World Have Changed Extraordinarily 75 3 Indexing Outperforms Active Investing 83 4 Low Fees Are an Important Reason to Index 97 5 Indexing Makes It Much Easier to Focus on Your Most Important Investment Decisions 125 6 Your Taxes Are Lower When You Index 147 7 Indexing Saves Operational Costs 151 8 Indexing Makes Most Investment Risks Easier to Live With 153 9 Indexing Avoids "Manager Risk" 157 10 Indexing Helps You Avoid Costly Troubles with Mr. Market 161 11 You Have Much Better Things to Do with Your Time 169 12 Experts Agree Most Investors Should Index 171 Appendix A: How About "Smart Beta"? 177 Appendix B: How to Get Started with Indexing 185 Appendix C: How Index Funds Are Managed 193 About the Author 197 Index 199

About the Author

CHARLES D. ELLIS is one of the most widely respected experts in the world of investing. He is a consultant to some of the world's largest pension, endowment, and sovereign wealth funds. For three decades, he was managing partner of Greenwich Associates, the leading strategy consulting firm in institutional financial services world-wide. He has written 16 books and well over 100 articles, mostly on investing, is a popular speaker on key issues, and taught advanced courses on investment management at Harvard Business School and at the Yale School of Management and the investment profession's in-service workshop at Princeton. He served as a Successor Trustee at Yale University and on the Yale investment committee for 16 years. He has served on the governing boards of the Stern School of Business, Phillips Exeter Academy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and chairs the board of the Whitehead Institute. He has served on 14 investment committees. One of 12 people honored by the profession for lifetime contributions, he was chair of the CFA Institute.


" of the best investment books I have ever read and is likely to be influential." (All About DC, March 2017)

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