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DEFINITION of 'Indexing'

1. The adjustment of the weights of assets in an investment portfolio so that its performance matches that of an index.

2. Linking movements of rates to the performance of an index.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Indexing'

1. Indexing is a passive investment strategy. An investor can achieve the same risk and return of an index by investing in an index fund.

2. Examples of rates that could be linked to the performance of an index are wages or tax rates.

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