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I'm a newbie investor, but have been following The Motley Fool for a few years. I've seen Index Funds being advocated repeatedly on the site as a no-brainer way to grow your money and keep fees as low as possible.

This weekend I picked up a Money magazine and happened upon an ad compariing Fidelity's Equity Income Fun to the S&P 500 (among others) and it showed the Fund roasting the S&P over some long period of time. Fidelity seems to make similar claims on their site, though I can't seem to get the numbers to jive. An example that demonstrates my confusion: if I compare FEQIX and the S&P on a chart at Yahoo and look at the five year info, it sure looks to me like FEQIX is losing both on normal percentage basis and as compared to the S&P. When I look at Fidelity's site, they have the fund being up several percentage points over the last five years.

I checked a couple others (e.g. TRowe Equity Income) and they seem to have a similar discrepancy. What am I missing?!

Thanks all!

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