In index mutual funds, many of the decisions on portfolio construction are effectively outsourced to the makers of financial indexes, thereby lowing costs for the fundholders. Doesn't this just push the costs to the publishers of these indexes? Someone has to decide which securities stay in and which ones go out. How do they get paid for this work when anyone can look up the constituents of the S&P 500 and construct a fund that just happens to share the same stocks without using the S&P name? Can Standard and Poor's somehow enforce licensing fees on institutions that do this? Do things work differently for the creators of more specialized indexes?
posted by grouse
on Apr 29, 2013 -
I've been trying to find what should be simple: intraday data on a large market index (such as the S&P 500). I'm willing to pay, but most sites seem to be interested in selling me collections of N stocks (where N is 12, 50, 100...), often by year, and at that rate, I'd end up paying $100s to get 11+ useless chunks of data, and one useful one (because for my purposes, I really only want to look at a single index).
What are some economical sources for what I want? And, FWIW, I already know how to extract intraday (minute-wise) data from Yahoo and Google, but that's only good for about the last 90 days or so.
posted by IAmBroom
on Mar 10, 2013 -
Since you guys have been amazingly helpful with all my web design questions, please explain to me the "Z Index" as if I were less intelligent than a box of thumbtacks. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage
on Apr 1, 2012 -
I have a health condition that may end my life prematurely. I am an "older" parent of an only child who is currently 8 years old. It's important to me that I leave a record of who I was. Can you help me with strategies to help me "index and annotate" myself for her, so that when she is older she could have an idea of her father as an adult beyond just the Daddy that I am to her now? [more inside]
posted by nickjadlowe
on Dec 13, 2011 -
How can I create a web-based table of contents that links to specific places within a diverse collection of documents? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha
on Mar 17, 2011 -
I'm looking for either an ETF or mutual fund which invests in a Canadian Index (TSX), but is hedged to US currency. Hope me, AskMeFi! [more inside]
posted by evadery
on Jan 17, 2011 -
What is an appropriate method to create a searchable index of comic strips? [more inside]
posted by tobtoh
on Jul 12, 2010 -
Looking for information on developing/finding a php script to generate a Site Index (A - Z index). [more inside]
posted by lyam
on Apr 6, 2010 -
Is there a way to export my Google Desktop cache of webpages into PDF or plain text files? I frequently update my computer and although I include my Google Desktop indexes in my backups, for all practical purposes the browsing history is lost since there is no method to import a Google Desktop Index (You can restore an entire backup, but not import one into another). I'd like to be able to keep a PDF or plain text history of every web page I've visited.
I've installed the PDFCreator toolbar, which allows one-click saving of a webpage, so I can save my history from here on, but I'd love to reach back in time and resurrect my browsing history stored in the Google Desktop Index.
posted by PigAlien
on Jan 27, 2010 -
What are good dedicated indexing applications for creating indexes for print books? [more inside]
posted by mc2000
on Oct 22, 2009 -
Please recommend OS X software which can generate indexes from PDF files. Freeware is best, but shareware is also fine. [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack
on Sep 13, 2009 -
With a personal domain how do you submit a sitemap in webmaster tools for a google site? [more inside]
posted by doorsfan
on Apr 3, 2009 -
I've been browsing through a website whose pages are set up to be viewed as indexes/directories with no HTML. Many of the files listed are image files, and I'd like to be able to see them without having to click on each one individually. Is there some kind of add-on or plugin that will automatically show thumbnails of all the images on the page or am I stuck clicking on each one?
posted by elfgirl
on Nov 23, 2008 -
Are market indexes usually at their historical low before a "declared" recession (or when the indicators are there even if not officially declared), do those market indexes tend to continue rising or falling afterward, by how much and usually for how long?
posted by CollectiveMind
on Oct 29, 2008 -
I have a MySQL table with about 100,000 items in it. Question about setting up indexes for efficient querying. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton
on Oct 15, 2008 -
Given today's equity market conditions, when should I change my 401K investment strategy from active to passive? [more inside]
posted by shinybeast
on Sep 24, 2008 -
I am trying to construct a index with variables such as population density, population age, gross individual income and the likes. Yet as it is my first attempt, I certainly could use directions to books/websites/papers on the subject. A more detailed explanation with math details is avaiable inside. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito
on Sep 7, 2008 -
My company is looking to build a search engine to index our web site and I'm wondering if anyone has used any open package to do the task. Names, URLs, experience would be highly appreciated,
posted by seeminglee
on Aug 26, 2008 -
Why is my Wordpress blog showing up in Google when I have specifically chosen the option to keep it private from search engines? [more inside]
posted by Drohan
on Jun 21, 2008 -
At work, we have an extensive amount of applications that are just dumped, seemingly randomly, into various folders on a network share. Is there an application that can scan or index these folders in some way, and present the results in a way that can be sorted by name, date, etc.?
posted by Shakes the Clown
on Apr 30, 2008 -
Is there such a thing as a currency-neutral measure of the price of a commodity? [more inside]
posted by Nelson
on Nov 7, 2007 -
Index card quest! I'm looking for a very particular kind I've seen in the past: a small (smaller than standard 3"-by-5", like 2"-by-1"!), possibly pastel-colored set of cards that come on a single, small binder ring (not spiral-bound!) and are enclosed in a plastic cover (not a fabric one!), almost certainly with a snap. [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on Aug 4, 2007 -
Help me find a Windows-based cataloging program that can handle indexing of Word documents and can crawl network (SMB) shares. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie
on Jul 9, 2007 -
Help me find a 401(k) plan or retirement plan managed through a payroll service that offers index funds. [more inside]
posted by bananafish
on Apr 4, 2007 -
Is there a smart way of indexing/cataloging my offline media?
This has been partially asked before (I can't work out how to establish a link in here) - but the links that were in the post (diskbase), were mostly dead (and I didn't like 'Cathy' much). There is of course more inside. [more inside]
posted by mattr
on Jan 1, 2007 -
Is there an easy way to automatically generate an MSWord (or text) document that contains the titles and folder structure for all files on a hard drive? In other words, to create an index of a hard drive's contents? [more inside]
posted by lionelhutz5
on Nov 7, 2006 -
I am trying to make index tab dividers for a group of three ring binders I am producing for a training class at my work. I would like to have them look as professional as possible.
The image below illustrates how I am creating them now.. and how I would LIKE them to look. (These are for 5.5 x 8.5 size sheets):
Aside from spending a zillion dollar with a professional service bureau, does anyone have any ideas how to achieve good results 'at home'?
posted by tucsongal
on Sep 4, 2006 -
Attention SQL gurus
. This has me completely stumped. How can I find the index (position) of a row in a table without querying the entire set? [more inside]
posted by Civil_Disobedient
on Sep 3, 2006 -