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>> It also goes to show that some of Vanguard's equity funds consistently beat the SP500, while still maintaining very low expenses. <<

It also shows that even if one is a committed indexer, they should be allocating among multiple indexes (small/large, US/international) and not just the S&P 500. An indexer who used both small and large cap U.S. indexes and a diversified international index -- and perhaps some REITs -- would have likely gotten back to the March 2000 flatline much earlier, perhaps as early as 2004.

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