Should Index Funds Be Your Only Investment? | Personal Finance

On the other hand, if you’re up to the challenging of choosing some of your own stocks, you can assemble a solid portfolio that consists partly of index funds and partly of the companies you identify as winners. That way, you get the relative stability and consistency of index funds, but you also get a chance to beat the market with the individual companies you land on.

If you’re new to investing, you can absolutely start off by buying index funds alone as you learn more about how to choose the right stocks. But as your knowledge grows, you may want to branch out and add different companies to your portfolio that you feel align well with your personal risk tolerance and goals.

In fact, even if you reach the point where choosing stocks becomes second nature to you, you might still opt to hold onto index funds and add more to your portfolio. And if you have a 401(k) plan, which, unfortunately, generally won’t let you invest in individual stocks, you should definitely consider loading up on index funds to avoid the heftier fees that tend to come with other employer retirement plan investments.

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