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The Magic Six Percent

Funny how we believe that there's the "magic" fund that will beat the market.  Endless academic research tells us otherwise.  As this research from Vanguard concludes, "Indeed, only 6% of the initial 1,540 funds survived, outperformed, and avoided three consecutive years of underperformance".  How likely is any investor to find the magic 6%?  Investors who build a massively diversified portfolio using market-based (passive) funds and hold that portfolio for years if not decades are far more likely to reach their goals than those in search of the "magic" 6%.

Download Vanguard's paper: "The Bumpy Road to Outperformance"

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