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What Fidelity's No-Cost Index Funds Mean for Investors

Fidelity sends a jolt to the asset-management industry.

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Fidelity shook the investment landscape last week when it announced that it would offer two index funds with zero expense ratios: Fidelity Zero Total Market Index (FZROX) and Fidelity Zero International Index (FZILX). And not months in the future, but right away--they went live on Friday! Also striking is that Fidelity removed investment minimums.

I have a couple of thoughts on why Fidelity would do this and what it means for investors. I'll start with the industry view first.

Russel Kinnel does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.