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I recently compared the SPDR S&Pa couple of index funds (SPY and IVV) to the S&P 500 Index (GSPC) and noticed that over the past 3 years the index funds have outperformed the underlying index. GSPC has gained 40.2%, SPY has gone up 48.4%, and IVV has increased 48.7%. Since I can buy an index fund and forget about it, my goal when buying individual companies is to do better than the market
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