As of 2015, top fund performers in the S&P 500 Index include Vanguard 500 (VFINX), Vanguard Institutional Index I (VFIAX), Vanguard 500 Index Signal (VIFSX), Fidelity Spartan 500 Index (FUSEX) and ishares Core S&P 500 Index (IVV). Other notable funds are the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), Schwab S&P 500 Index (SWPPX) and TIAA-CREF S&P 500 Index Institutional (TISPX).
Index funds provide broad exposure to a market with lower cost and turnover to investors. Within the S&P 500, there are at least 49 index funds -with many different class shares available. Even in volatile markets, index investing is considered a great strategy to use, allowing for tax-efficient, diversified investing at lower costs. As a result, expert and novice investors alike find fund index trading very appealing.
In addition to return, investors are advised to consider the size, class, performance, diversity and quality of the company. One reputable firm committed to indexing is Vanguard, which most investors agree to be the leader in index-traded funds. The investment management company has maintained low-cost funds since 1976 when it opened the country's first index-traded mutual fund. Other leaders in index mutual funds include: Fidelity, Schwab, BlackRock, GE, Legg Mason, Nationwide and TIAA-CREF; many also provide index mutual funds as opportunities for investing in retirement.