This segment was broadcast on 13 October 2016. Some information may be out of date.

Listeners’ questions, comments and quibbles on the last discussion — on index funds and exchange traded funds
  • How to begin at share investing
  • Some critical views about shares, index funds and corporations
  • Why fewer than half active funds can beat index funds
  • Medians and averages — the difference, and when it matters

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Mary Holm is a freelance journalist, a director of Financial Services Complaints Ltd (FSCL), a seminar presenter and a bestselling author on personal finance. From 2011 to 2019 she was a founding director of the Financial Markets Authority. Her opinions are personal, and do not reflect the position of any organisation in which she holds office. Mary’s advice is of a general nature, and she is not responsible for any loss that any reader may suffer from following it.