Jack Bogle's Indexing Revolution

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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In our latest Masters in Business podcast, we speak with Jack Bogle, founder of the $3.5 trillion Vanguard Group and creator of the index mutual fund.

Bogle started Vanguard in 1974 after being ousted as chairman of Wellington Funds following a failed merger. Bogle's indexing idea may seem like conventional wisdom today, but at the time it was revolutionary -- that a fund passively matching the broad market's returns would outperform almost all funds actively managed by stock pickers. Bogle said that Wall Street’s initial response to index funds was to ignore them, which explains why for many years Vanguard had no or little competition.

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