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Making a better benchmark: A practical guide to effective market representation

Everyone knows what makes a quality benchmark — or do we? Benchmarks play an important role in nearly every step of the investment process. Economic analysis and forecasts, risk analysis, asset allocation strategies, investment policies and passive investing. But no matter what the use case, it is critical to understand a benchmark's primary goal of market representation and how that is served by its index construction. Learn more about the core principles of benchmark design and the inevitable trade-offs required to make the most practical index tools.

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