Friday, August 2, 2013

Short Takes: Index Portfolio Outperformance and more

This week I explained a hidden cost of trying to mimic an index with a subset of stocks:

Building Your Own Index with Individual Stocks

Here are my short takes and some weekend reading:

Canadian Couch Potato explains research showing that portfolios of index funds tend to outperform portfolios of actively managed funds. The gap is bigger than when you just compare individual funds.

Financial Crooks tells the story of replacing a rented hot water heater with one that was purchased.

My Own Advisor reviews Ellen Roseman’s book, Fight Back.

Big Cajun Man asks whether draining the old bottle of fabric softener into the new bottle is thrifty, frugal, or cheap. I have a different answer because I’m allergic to the stuff. It’s even cheaper to just use white vinegar in place of fabric softener.


  1. Stop thinking outside of the bottle! Have a fine weekend.

  2. Thanks! And as The Downy Guy says, hope you have a great long weekend.

    PS I'd approve your comment if I could get onto my own website. HostGator is down which is causing LOTS of unrest among the natives. Personally, I expect systems to crash just before long weekends, but then I used to work for a Help Desk for a while....