Total Stock Market
The total stock market invests in virtually every company in the United States, with the percentage of each company set by their market cap. So large companies take up a proportionally larger percentage of the index than small companies.
Note that while most people think of the stock market as “always going up”, it has suffered multiple rolling decades of compound losses. Selecting complementary assets to balance those down years can help smooth out the ride while delivering more consistent returns.
- 1970-1992: CRSP Decile 1-10 (NYSE/AMEX/NASDAQ), P
- 1993+: Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX), P