Can Alternative Providers Disrupt Index Inertia?

The fees charged by index providers have risen sharply over recent years, partly due to the increase in complexity of indexes for benchmarking, and partly due to the rise of exchange-traded funds. These hikes, combined with the proliferation of new license types covering areas such as non-display usage, have led many firms to question whether the current cost of indexes is at all reflective of their value.

In October 2012, the largest mutual fund manager in the US, Vanguard Group, responded to t

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