What’s the best way to get started with index investing? The financial media have fallen in love with exchange-traded funds, and investors are bombarded with the message that ETFs are the best tools available. For professional advisors and experienced investors with large portfolios, they usually are.

But ETFs are generally a poor choice for those just getting started. We believe beginners should keep things simple, and the Tangerine Investment Funds (formerly the ING DIRECT Streetwise Portfolios) are the easiest and most cost-effective way for small investors to build a globally diversified index portfolio.

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