SA #6: VTI – Truly Passive Investing In The U.S. Market

VTI: Truly Passive Investing In The U.S. Market
January 6, 2023


  • In this article, I examine how investors can get truly passive exposure to the US equity market.
  • Passive investing emerged from academia and offers benefits through diversification, low fees, and historically better performance than the average active manager.
  • To passively invest in US equities, we need a market cap-weighted portfolio of all investable US stocks.
  • One proxy for that is the CRSP U.S. Total Market Index which currently consists of slightly more than 4,000 stocks – 8 times more than the S&P 500.
  • Historically, VTI followed this index with almost no tracking error and is thus among the best instruments to invest truly passively in US equities.
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