Index Funds turn the big 4-0!
Jack Bogle is a hero in our world. He launched the Vanguard 500 Index fund forty years ago in 1976. The initial reception was unimpressive, raising only $11 million, which was far short of the $150 million target. Critics called the index fund “un-American” and boring when compared to the active funds that were heavily advertised.
The S&P 500 Index fund gathered assets slowly in the beginning, but now is the second largest mutual fund in the world, with assets of over $255 billion. The total assets in all index and exchanged-traded funds is now $5 trillion. Investors have seen the evidence and are voting with their dollars. Happy Birthday Index Funds!