The S&P 500 is a broad index intended to capture the performance of a wide swath of American business.

Yet, so far this year, just 10 companies are responsible for about 90% of earnings growth.

In this video, Fool columnist Morgan Housel and Austin Smith discuss how this skew came about, and what it means for investors. 


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