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On this site, see the small value article,
and article on the why of indexing.
portfolio theory article is relevant to index investing,
especially the four pages starting here.
Here are brief summaries of useful index funds and ETFs from
(And remember the mantra that indexers groove on: you aren't trying to beat the market, you're participating in it in an intelligent manner.)
The Bogleheads, formerly the Vanguard Diehards, is a lively (and informed and courteous - wow!) forum on index investing.
Their Wiki contains many articles on
indexing in general,
stock market indexing,
and much more.
You can get lots of unbiased information on funds and ETFs at Morningstar.com,
which has its own index family.
Their Instant X-Ray tool lets you view a fund's inner workings.
This Morningstar article details the tax efficiency of ETFs.
Yahoo! offers this convenient ETF browser.
More specialized articles are available at IndexUniverse.com.
For details on specific popular indexes see the websites of
Standard & Poor's (and Barra), The Frank Russell Company, and Wilshire Associates.
There are still other index families constructed according to different methodologies.
Two extreme cases: DFA does something extremely simple (like a non-handpicked version of S&P/Barra);
MSCI does something extremely complicated.
IndexFunds.com is an educational site from IFA, which is a retailer for DFA.
This article explains the rationale behind the different methodologies indexes use.
For information on ETFs, see
(or their section in Yahoo! Finance)
The Efficient Frontier has a lot of relevant articles, including
this one on how index funds can beat their indexes, and
this one on the practical versus theoretical differences between index funds and ETFs.
Capital Ideas tells the history of indexing, describing the false starts and the visionaries who tried to sell the idea to a skeptical investment community.
Vanguard Group founder (and successful visionary) John Bogle explains the basics of indexing and much more in
Common Sense on Mutual Funds.
Bogle's latest book,
The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism,
takes investor rights (and responsibilities) to a new level.
Bogle blames the recent bubble and corporate scandals on a managerial class who lack respect for shareholders' interests;
among other things, the fix will require more proactive control by fund managers.
The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing pays homage to Bogle and Vanguard, but goes much further
to include guidance on general financial planning, tax management, insurance, and more.
The Four Pillars of Investing gives advice on indexing within a context of understanding the market.
All About Index Funds tells you ... all about index funds: a compact, comprehensive resource.
How a Second Grader Beats Wall Street presents an ultra-simple portfolio of just three index funds, and provides lots of practical guidance.
Anybody past the paste-eating stage can learn from this book.
Unconventional Success covers advanced topics, including reasons why some indexes and funds are better than others.
The author writes like a man on a mission, warning you about "slimy" practices that the industry would rather keep hidden.