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  1. #341
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    Feb 2007
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    Raleigh
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Listen, if I ask my barkeep to open up an IRA and my financial advisor to open an IPA for me, I know where Iím sending the blame!
    "Prior successes do not guarantee future returns."

    Or something like that.

    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  2. #342
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    Feb 2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripping William View Post
    No doubt. And devildeac will deserve every bit of it.
    Objection, Counselor.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

  3. #343
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    Hey, interesting new info on the subject of Index Funds. Big new (and very interesting) article in the latest Bloomberg Business Week concerning index funds. Great agreement among people that index funds are great for investors, but many serious entities are becoming concerned that now too much power is being placed in the hands of the largest fund companies.

    Just looking at the top three: BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street, these companies now hold roughly $16 trillion (!) in assets, and therefore humongous voting power of the shares therein. I'd never thought about that.
    Put another way, they state that 22% of the shares of a typical S&P 500 companies are held by fund companies.

    And while their investment is passive (just buy and sell according to mkt weighting), they are not powerless. Hence the concern.

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