This is part 2 of a 2-part series.
Here are many of the investment world’s most prominent and widely followed benchmarks (and keep in mind that this listing is only a sampling; index compilers typically create broad families of benchmarks based on their overall indexing philosophies and practices):
Investment indexes are complex devices that can be invaluable tools when used properly, or hazardous when used inappropriately. And while you cannot invest directly in any index, you can find investments that mirror the performance of a specified index. Many investors find these investments ideal for certain purposes. I can help you get a better understanding of indexes and also find suitable index-based investments as appropriate to your particular needs. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Michael Caplan is a Financial Advisor and Associate Vice President with the Global Wealth Management Division of Morgan Stanley in Denver. He can be reached at Michael.Caplan@morganstanley.comor (303) 595-2094.
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