For instance, suppose I might select between buying a proportional quantity of inventory that represented the S&P 500 index, or buying the S&P 500 index fund from a brokerage. What would the variations be? Do I nonetheless personal “equity” in an organization if I buy an index fund?
Or suppose I, as an American citizen, needed to diversify my holdings to international equities. What could be the distinction between buying shares in international firms or buying a mutual fund that tracked international equities?