Considering The Implications Of Fidelity’s Zero-Fee Index Funds

Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that “investors poured almost $1 billion into Fidelity Investments’ two zero-fee index funds in their first month of operation.” As new fund launches go, this one looks like a win-win for all sides — for Fidelity as well as investors. It’s too early to say for sure how this plays out in the financial industry, but the early signs suggest we haven’t seen the last of the freemium model in asset management. For some perspective, take a look at a story I wrote for, which was published a few days ago here.