Index Funds vs. Indexing, What’s the Difference?

Doug Andrew is passionate about education. That’s why he has a 3 Dimensional Wealth YouTube channel for the purpose of answering common questions that he’s asked on a regular basis.

He was recently asked, what’s the difference between index funds and indexing? Doug talks about both of these things often and there is a huge difference between them.

Even a lot of financial advisors can make the mistake of conflating the two. Once you’ve heard Doug’s explanation, you’ll understand better why indexing is a strategy that makes sense and can bring peace of mind to those who use it.


  • How is it possible to lose with indexed funds yet with indexing, you don’t lose money? Doug lays out the key differences between the two and why indexing is a useful tool.
  • What is the difference between having money invested in the market versus having it indexed to the market? Learn how understanding this can give you peace even during times of market volatility.
  • What was the big lesson learned in the aftermath of 9/11? Doug explains what the market did and how this affected people who had their money in indexed funds saw their nest eggs dwindle.
  • Why is it so difficult to make up lost ground after losing money during market volatility? Doug spells out how the need to make up the money lost plus new growth can seem like a nearly impossible task.
  • Is it possible to enjoy the upside of those years when the market makes gains without losing money in those years when it declines? Doug explains how this is not only desirable but also very possible with indexing.
  • What is Doug’s favorite instrument to enjoy liquid assets safely earning predictable rates of return? Listen as Doug explains the maximum funded, tax-advantaged life insurance contract and how it works.
  • And much, much more…

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