Perspectives: Fundamentally Flawed Indexing

Posted: 12 Dec 2007

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André Perold

Harvard Business School - Finance Unit


Fundamental indexers argue that capitalization weighting is an inferior investment strategy because it necessarily invests more in overvalued stocks and less in undervalued stocks. This article shows that this claim is false. Capitalization weighting does not, by itself, create a performance drag.

Keywords: Investment Theory, Efficient Market Theory, Portfolio Theory, Portfolio Management, Equity Strategies

Suggested Citation

Perold, André F., Perspectives: Fundamentally Flawed Indexing. Financial Analysts Journal, Vol. 63, No. 6, 2007, Available at SSRN:

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