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>> Though if you had bought a diversified index of foreign and domestic stocks you likely would have earned more like 7.5%. <<

Good point. "Indexing" can mean more than just buy and hold an S&P 500 index fund.

Heck, it doesn't always mean 100% passive investing either, particularly if you follow asset allocation models using index funds and ETFs that involve occasional rebalancing. In some sense that's "buy and hold" in terms of maintaining an overall percentage of your portfolio in stocks, but it's really a buy low/sell high variation of it.

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