Is Investing in Index Funds a Good Place to Start?

Find out if investing in Index Funds is a good place for you to start and what steps you should follow to get there.

Filip Dimkovski
By Filip Dimkovski
Edited by Taj Schlebusch

Published April 22, 2021.

Index funds are a low-cost, no-fuss way to invest. It might be the smartest and easiest investment you'll ever make. If you are a newbie, this is the most simple way to start your investing career. I highly recommend investing in them.

Index funds are passively managed, which means they typically hold what's in the index to maximize returns and minimize costs.

So what do I like about them? I just enjoy their dependable performance, inexpensiveness, and simple diversification. The only bad thing is that they lack flexibility, meaning when some stocks are underperforming, the fund manager can’t sell them.

A couple of simple steps to follow:

  1. Decide what location-based funds you want to invest in, domestic or foreign?
  2. Look for an industry you trust
  3. Calculate the expense ratio
  4. Check the tax-efficiency
  5. Make sure you have the investment minimum
  6. It’s time for the purchase

You can purchase an index fund directly from a mutual fund company or a brokerage, you can also look for commission-free options.

Investing in index mutual funds and ETFs can be an excellent low-cost strategy for all or a part of your investment portfolio. Like any other investment strategy, investing in index funds requires that you understand what you are investing in.