Here is Bernie Sanders, the most popular elected Democrat in the nation:
It seems fairly concerning that the Democrats’ Budget Committee chairman doesn’t understand how mutual funds work or what fund managers do for a living. Of course index funds represent most of the market. But BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street are not “major shareholders in more than 96 percent of S&P 500,” or even “Wall Street” firms. They manage other people’s money and offer advice to tens of millions of investors with 401(k)s and IRAs.
Companies like Vanguard revolutionized investing with index funds, allowing small investors affordable access to the market — democratizing market participation, and funding personal and market growth. The average Vanguard account balance is $92,148; the median balance, $22,217.
Does Bernie want everyone who electronically transfers a few hundred bucks into a fund every month to hire a personal money manager and walk a sack of quarters down to the bank every month? Or does he just want the state to nationalize all retirement funds?
Because, while it’s true that most of these investors won’t be able to parlay their funds into lakefront dachas, it does give them a far better chance than if they relied on their measly return of Social Security. Well, at least, until government-induced inflation destroys everyone’s savings.