Beyond index funds

There are several ways to earn the average market return, but beware varying costs.

Summary: Investors looking for low-cost exposure to the average market return have a range of options. Index funds offer an easy way to make additional investments, while exchange traded funds promise a similar performance but tend to be cheaper. Listed investment companies are also a low-cost managed investment, while investors could also directly purchase the top 20 companies in the index.

Key take-out: Listed investment companies can trade at a discount or a premium to the value of a portfolio. If the chance came to buy listed investment companies AFIC or ARGO at a discount, I would jump at the opportunity.

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