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Understanding Index Tracking Methodologies

When you hear about the stock market going up or down, what’s being measured is the change in the value of a specific stock index, such as the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average or Nasdaq Composite Index. Index funds are used to match the performance of these major market bellwethers.

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