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John C. Bogle remembered as the conscience of industry, sheriff of Wall St.

FILE — John Bogle, founder of the investments giant Vanguard, at his office in Malvern, Pa., Sept. 28, 2017. Bogle built Vanguard into the world’s second-largest mutual fund company by popularizing the idea of indexing investments to mirror the performance of broad market averages. He died on Jan. 16, 2019 in Bryn Mawr, Pa., at age 89. (Ryan Collerd/The New York Times)

John C. Bogle’s financial innovations were reviled and ridiculed at first, but for decades now the low-fee index funds he pioneered have enabled millions of ordinary Americans to build wealth to buy a home, pay for college, and retire comfortably.

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How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

Banks surged Wednesday following strong results from a slew of financial companies, and U.S. stocks finished broadly higher. Concerns about trade tensions between the U.S....