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Ben Johnson, CFA, is director of global exchange-traded fund research for Morningstar. Follow Ben on Twitter: @MstarETFUS

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Parsing the details of index methodologies is central to understanding the processes of index funds and ETFs and informs our overall assessment of these funds' investment merit.

Investor demographics are slowly turning in favor of the pairing of impact-oriented strategies and the exchange-traded fund chassis, and investors' need for relevant analytics is growing as a result.

Our semi-annual Active/Passive barometer shows that expenses are one of the only reliable predictors of success, writes Morningstar’s Ben Johnson.

Dollar-weighted returns suggest investors use passive funds more effectively than active funds--but a number of caveats footnote that conclusion, says Morningstar’s Ben Johnson.