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Index Fund Investors: You're Really Picking Stocks. Here's Why

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Index Fund Investors: You're Really Picking Stocks. Here's Why
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One of the easiest ways to invest in the stock market is to buy a good index-tracking mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF). Trillions of dollars track the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC) through funds like the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEMKT: SPY), and you'll find similar trackers for the most valuable stocks in the Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQINDEX: ^IXIC) as well as all 30 members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI). Index funds are great ways to get cheap exposure to the entire market.