What is clear is that while tracking error is indeed a prime consideration for index fund investors, the tracking error of international funds that use FVP must be taken with a grain of salt. And after watching the video or reading the blog or journal article, just this one process (FVP) by itself should debunk any notion that a monkey could run an index fund! (No offense to my primate friends, btw. . . .)  But if accounting for the impact of global volatility on thousands of security prices worldwide isn’t enough, just imagine how a monkey might handle the volume of daily cash flows, trading on a multitude of platforms, or ensuring that a fund’s key characteristics align with its targeted benchmark. Been to a zoo recently?

So is there a monkey running my index fund? Not a chance!


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This article was written by Chris Philips, CFA, leader of the Corporate Investment Only Central client service team in Vanguard Institutional Investor Services.