Once considered an immovable giant, Fidelity showed in 2002 that it is not immune to the woes of the world, as the company had its fair share of troubles in the tumultuous year for the markets, showing its own signs of fallibility.

The Boston-based juggernaut surrendered ground to Vanguard in the long-term open-end fund category over the summer, not to regain that loss in the year.

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