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Should my retirement portfolio imitate my saving portfolio?

I'm a 27, single and have no mortgage or outstanding debts. I've been building up a pension with my company and I only just realized I can choose which funds this is invested in. I'm wondering ...
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What's the simplest, cheapest way to reproduce the WMA private investor indices's “income index”?

I'm aware that some discretionary wealth management and advisor types use the WMA private investor indices as a benchmark and as a guideline for asset allocation. I'm interested in what the simplest, ...
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How can a Canadian individual and / or a business invest in a unmanaged index fund?

There's a lot of advice of buying into an unmanaged S&P 500 fund and holding it. But since it's unmanaged no financial advisor is going to advise you to do that because there's nothing in there ...
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Why weight a portfolio by market cap when equal weighting has higher ROI?

I've been researching how to structure my different funds, and almost everywhere I look I see people buying funds based on market cap. e.g. investing 70% in a large-cap ETF like Vanguard's $VV, 20% in ...
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How do I invest in the S&P 500?

If I want to invest $4000 in the S&P 500 stocks (which is diversified and non-risk), how do I do this?
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Possibility to buy index funds and individual funds in a Canadian TFSA

Looking at the online info of my Bank I saw that the eligible investments that I can do in a TFSA is mutual funds, GICs and saving deposits. Is there a way to buy individual stocks like Apple, Google ...
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Investing in a offshore bank account

I am completely new on investing and I am educating myself reading some books about finance but in the process to understand better the whole process, I'm very interested on buying index funds. So, I ...
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What is the smallest amount worth investing in index funds?

Say I have just a few hundred dollars available which I want to invest long-term. I'm still saving money and putting it aside each paycheck, so if I wait 6 months I'll have a few hundred more to ...
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Dividend in Index fund in India

Do the customers get dividend on investing in Index fund in India? I searched on net but could not find anything useful!
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How can I invest in an index fund but screen out (remove) certain categories of socially irresponsible investments?

I currently invest in index funds (VFINX and FUSEX) but would like to negatively screen out certain categories of investments for the purposes of "Socially responsible investing". I don't have any ...
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Advice for college student: Should I hire a financial adviser or just invest in index funds?

I just started college and after calculating the cost for my degree I calculated that I have $50,000 that I wont need until after college. I think that the best think for me to do with that money is ...
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Oil Tracking Indexes

I am trying to understand why an index like, SPGSCLP (S&P GSCI Crude Oil Index Excess Return), which states that it tracks oil prices does not have the same index value at different points when ...
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Is investing exlusively in a small-cap index fund a wise investment?

I'm 26 live in the UK and do not own a home. I have a regular income of which I save about 33% off after tax and I've good job security. I'm single with no children. I've 60% of my savings in a P2P ...
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Are there any useful method to pick funds?

Since there are some many funds in the market, and there are so many data, are there any methods or algorithms to pick funds to maximize the return of funds.
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High expense ratio funds - are they worth it?

I have a mix of high expense (1.5%) mutual funds and low expense (0.2%) index funds. Everyone talks about getting out of high expense funds because it eats into your gains (which is true). However, ...
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Why are funds' transaction costs 1% of their portfolio turnover?

John Bogle suggests the transaction costs incurred by funds (and thus the lag they have on their investments) should be considered as 1% of the fund's portfolio turnover (0.5% for buy, and 0.5% for ...
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Where to find Vanguard Index Funds?

I am trying to find Vanguards S&P 500 index funds and Vanguards Dow index funds. But I only see "Mutual" or "ETFs" Funds. Is Vanguard Mutual funds equivalent to a index fund?
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How to compute real return including expense ratio

I am currently hesitating between 2 similar International Index Fund, FSIVX and FIENX. FSIVX have an expense ratio of 0.12% while FIENX have 0.63%. I can try to compare them side by side on google ...
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Index funds with dividends?

I'm new to buying stocks. I've done a bit of reading about investing in the stock market. Some people seem to recommend index funds. Other people seem to recommend only buying stocks that pay ...
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Do precious metals and mining sector index funds grow as much as the general stock market?

We all know that precious metals are extremely volatile (high beta) and that commodities usually do not have a long-run real return (zero alpha). I currently have 1% of my portfolio invested in a "...
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Should I sell or keep an ETF with “high” management fees?

I'm in Canada, and I have some RBF557, an ETF whose management fees aren't to my liking. It's an S&P500 index fund. I'd like to sell it, and reinvest the proceeds into another S&P500 index ...
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Is dividend factored into Annualized return?

I would like to keep it as simple as possible. If I visit Vanguard Benchmark returns page here https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/tools/benchmarkreturns It shows annualized returns for different ...
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How do leveraged ETFs (index tracking) set intraday pricing?

I'm curious specifically about the pricing mechanism of leveraged ETFs, and specifically 3x - let's take SPXL as an example (3x S&P500 bull etf). I know that this fund is designed to track the S&...
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Historic variation in FTSE100 total market capitalization as a proportion of the FTSEAllShare total market cap?

Many years ago (in ~2000, give or take a year?) I remember seeing some discussions on The Motley Fool UK's forums about how much more diversification investing in an FTSE-AllShare tracker instead of ...
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Is there any way to do Automatic investment in ETF?

My Goal is simple: Contribute X amount every month to some Y Vanguard ETF Put it on autopilot (Automatic investment) without having any transaction fees. Since Vanguard does not charge any money ...
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How does the world - in aggregate - generate a non-zero return? [closed]

Given the sum of two entities' wealth remains the same after any given transaction, how do these entities grow in value as a whole? For example, if I grew some corn in China and sold it to the US for ...
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Should I Pay Off my Student Loan Debts First or Invest in an Index Fund?

I am an Albertan currently about $8,000 in debt from student loans. Roughly $5,500 of this $8,000 is an Alberta Student Loan, while the rest ($2,500) is from the National Student Loans Service Centre (...
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Singapore Index Fund(s)

What are some/is a Singapore index fund(s) on the Singapore stock exchange? Does Singapore have sector funds on its exchange as well? Thank you!
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Investing in ETF/Index-Fund Twice [401(k) and Individual investor Account]

I'm young, new to investing, and have the following nagging question. Let's assume I have $1000 of disposable income that I'm willing to throw into the market. I've read with small amounts such as ...
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Are there “buy and hold” passively managed funds?

A "buy and hold" passively managed fund would be like an index fund when it comes to buying stocks, but the fund would never sell a stock, say if it's removed from the index. If there's a significant ...
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Do index tracker funds (ETFs) typically pay dividends?

When you invest in a fund, such as a FTSE 100 tracker, do you get the benefit of dividends? I understand the FTSE 100 index does not include dividends. Of course, if you held the share basket yourself,...
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What is cheaper annually — buying shares in a Vanguard index fund or buying shares of an ETF?

I’m having some difficulty figuring out which route would minimize the annual fees I pay. Vanguard offers an index fund that tracks the S&P 500 with an expense ratio of 0.25%. Then, there’s this ...
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Argument against small-cap investment

I just finished John Bogle's Common sense investing and I think I am convinced that investing in Index Fund is a great idea. Now, I really thought it would be a simplistic choice but I really was ...
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What's the difference between investing in Index Fund through and not through a IRA/Roth IRA?

I'm a young adult who currently invest in Vanguard index fund using money from my paycheck, which is already taxed. What is the difference of doing this compared to put the money into a Roth IRA ...
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Is it true that more than 99% of active traders cannot beat the index?

Recently my pension fund gave a presentation at the place where I work. They explained that they invest by following the index of several stock exchanges. They reason that since 99% of the active ...
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Is there an ETF/index fund respecting my individual ethical preferences?

The product I am looking for is a diversified ETF like MSCI World, excluding sectors that I do not want my money to be invested in. Ideally, I would be able to choose a basis ETF (like MSCI World), ...
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Financial advisor is outperforming Vg LifeStrategy 80. Should I keep him?

My financial advisor has my money invested in a range of actively managed funds. In 4 years since July 2011, the portfolio he has created has gained about 50%, while LS 80 Acc has gained about 40%, ...
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Best way to maximize current income from stock market as a low income person

Due to some health problems it is quite difficult for me to work full time. I get my income from odd jobs and on-line surveys. I was wondering what the best way to maximize some of that income. ...
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Good Index funds in EU precisely in the Hungary area?

U.S citizens can easily purchase Vanguard index funds to invest and they are the most recommended. Are there any similar options for EU citizens, mainly Hungary? I am only getting familiar with the ...
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Index Fund Style: Blend or Value and Growth

I am trying to put together a portfolio and I am looking at ETF index funds. As i cover the different sectors, in the past I have had small, mid cap and large cap funds/etfs with both Growth and value ...
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How can I compare the performance of a high dividend funds with other funds and or an index

I've been trying to do some investment due diligence. I'm looking at funds for a family member that needs some dividend income. Some of the high dividend funds that were recommended to me seem to have ...
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Does investing in index funds on a monthly basis involve brokerage fees?

Let's say i want to invest in some index funds, and i know which ones to go for. Let's say i can also make the initial required minimum investment. My question is, will an automatic investment plan ...
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Is it a good idea to put everything in the S&P500?

I've maxed out my IRA, have a three-month emergency fund, and have paid off all my debts. I have some remaining money to invest and don't have any short-term goals to spend it on. While my priorities ...
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How is the return rate on index funds calculated?

For example, i was viewing this mid-cap index fund: http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/VMGRX:US It says the annual return is 16.41%. How is that calculated? The index has not risen enough in price over ...
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Pros/cons of borrowing money using a mortgage loan and investing it in a low-fee index fund?

I'm wondering if this investment strategy would work: I get a mortgage loan for $300K at a 3% rate (realistic for current 5-year fixed mortgage rates here in Canada). I invest the proceeds in a low-...
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Does longterm investment in index funds still make sense in a reality of massive algotrading?

More and more teams around the world are starting to compete against each other with sophisticated trading algorithms (both high and low frequency trading). For a private investor, if this trend ...
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Lower-cost index funds vs. managed (higher-cost) tax-advantaged IRAs?

If having to choose between a non-retirement lower cost index fund and a managed higher cost IRA (both traditional and Roth), which is less impeded and likely to grow more long-term? Put another way, ...
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Why buy SPY when there is S&P500?

I don't quite understand the purpose of SPY (SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust) and other S&P500 ETF. If SPY is designed to track the performance of S&P500, why not just buy S&P500(like index ...
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Why isn't index fund investing (Bogleheads school) more commonplace? [duplicate]

I started investing recently, but I've been searching for information for over a year now. My main sources (listed below) favour the strategy of Jack Bogle. i.e. Choosing an index fund with good ...
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How long took a person to get the break even investing since 2000 in MSCI WORLD INDEX?

I read in another forum that a person who invest before the Dot-com bubble (2000) took 15 years to get the break-even. Basically only in 2014 or 2015 he starts to gain money. This seems wrong, but i ...