Why Not Put Your Money Into Index Funds?

Interesting question came my way from reader Scott:

….But Tim, wouldn’t most investors be better off simply owning index funds instead of trying to pick successful companies themselves?

Scott, I like that question because it cuts to the premise of the site—I write articles for everyday investors, and it is fair to wonder whether it’s all a waste of time and whether low-cost index funds should be pursued.

First of all, I’d like to start by observing the great overlap that exists between the two strategies. If you look at an S&P 500 Index Fund, what are going to be some of the large holdings? ExxonMobil, General Electric, Procter & Gamble, and Johnson … Read the rest of this article!