As the investment landscape changes, the only mode of survival is adaptation, or in the investment world, strategic change. Staying out of index funds is a necessary step toward gaining returns, according to the National Post.

Bill Gross, managing director of Pimco, says that moving away from index funds may create anxiety for investors, as it is hard to step away from something familiar. Gross points out that "avoiding the tyranny of an index can in effect produce a higher return with less risk."

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