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Invest in (say, index funds) vs spending all money on home?

We are looking to buy our first home, and are evaluating how much of our savings to put towards the down payment of the property (or how much home to buy in general). When one has a choice, are there ...
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How do market indices translate to dollar values?

I saw an article a few weeks ago about the Nikkei closing at a 15-year high. If I understand correctly that might mean something like: Feb. 15, 2000 close: 9000 Feb. 15, 2015 close: 8999 (the ...
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How to view performance history if we invested in the past?

I want to look at a scenario to see how the Getty Trust with $1.2 billion in 1982 would have performed had it stayed with just an index fund such as S&P 500. Bonus, if there is a way to take out ...
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How some mutual funds pay such high dividends

There are some funds where the dividend yields are pretty much off the charts: http://www.nasdaq.com/dividend-stocks/ How do these funds pay these astronomical dividends? What is the catch that is ...
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Basic mutual fund investment questions

I am a complete newbie to investment and have already gone through a lot of reading materials. I now have some basic idea about terminology etc. but still have a couple of questions for which I ...
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Investments beyond RRSP and TFSA, in non-registered accounts?

I am Canadian, with income just below marginal higher rate. My RRSP contributions were always filled, and the rest went to extra mortgage payments. I just finished paying off the mortgage and will ...
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If I can invest $100 a month, is it better to choose Vanguard S&P 500 ETF or Betterment

If I can invest $100 a month, is it better to choose Vanguard S&P 500 ETF or Betterment? I can put down a max initial investment of $1000, and may pull out the investments when the market looks ...
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Can I make my savings keep in check with or beat inflation over a long time period via index funds?

Context: €13000 banked on a 1% savings account. €1700 banked on a payment account. €1450 monthly income (after taxes). ~€400 monthly costs, and probably another €200-400 in incidental expenditures ...
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What prevents an ETF from performing differently than the sum of its holdings?

A mutual fund by definition performs as well as the sum of its holdings [minus various fees, at least based on my understanding of how mutual funds work]. However, an exchange traded fund (ETF) ...
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Why would a passive investor buy anything other than the market portfolio + risk free assets?

It's frequently said that you should buy a "high-risk" portfolio with lots of stocks when you are young, and then move into "low-risk" portfolio with lots of bonds when you are older, essentially ...
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Why not to invest in an index fund at the end of the year? [duplicate]

I have seen the advice of not to invest in an index / mutual fund at the end of the year. The reason seems to be that this is when these funds pay out dividends which is taxable. However, Capital ...
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Straight Index Fund vs IRA + Index Fund

I am about to open a traditional IRA and put my money in an Index Fund (to be decided). Which has the advantage that taxes are deferred until withdrawal. It also seems that I have the advantage of ...
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Does VSMAX invest in smaller companies than FSEVX?

Does VSMAX invest in smaller companies than FSEVX? VSMAX seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of small-capitalization stocks. The fund employs an ...
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Different avenues of tangible returns from index funds and bond funds

I am a beginner investor and I've been out of school at this point having saved enough to seriously look at where I am investing my money. I have decided to start off with a portfolio that is ...
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How (or is it necessary) to rebalance a 401k with only one index fund?

I put 100% of my 401k into an S&P index fund. Do I need to rebalance that, or is rebalancing only necessary when you have multiple asset allocations such as 80% in stock, and 20% in bonds and ...
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Trade options on index or the ETF that tracks the index

What is the criteria one should use before deciding on an underlying to trade options on: 1.Options on SPX (Cash settled, European style) 2.Options on SPY ( Settled in SPY shares, American style) ...
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How to evaluate my mutual fund performance?

What is the way to calculate the annual return of my mutual fund investment? At any moment I can see the current market value of my investment, but this number comprises 3 things: market fluctuation, ...
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Why are some funds only recommended for investors starting out?

I am 23 years old and have been in industry for a couple years and my savings have grown to an amount whereby GIC's are no longer good enough. Since I bank with TD Canada Trust, there seems to be a ...
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What factors should I consider when evaluating index funds?

Thanks to the people who answered in this question, I've decided to educate myself with index funds and to engage my mortgage preparation funds in them. There are several choices for index funds. ...
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Pros and cons of opening joint portfolio

From a tax perspective, what are the pros and cons of opening a joint investment account? To be more specific, I have a portfolio made up of Vanguard index funds. My girlfriend would like to start ...
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How does ISA allowance cumulate over time?

I don't understand how the ISA allowance cumulate (if it does) over time. Suppose I use the entire allowance for 2014. So I will have in the ISA 15k £. What happens in 2015? Suppose no P&L was ...
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Parking money for a few months or a year

We are planning to get our kitchen remodeled, so we've allowed a big balance to accumulate in our bank account. We're not making very rapid progress on soliciting quotes on the remodel, due to our own ...
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Are index trackers subject to insolvency risk?

If I invest my money in a bank account, the bank could go bankrupt and I could lose all my money - well, at least I could have in the distant past, before government deposit insurance was invented. ...
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Investing in 401k and a Roth IRA

I am a senior in college and I have $3,000 dollars from my summer internship that I want to invest. I was thinking of investing it in a Roth IRA in an index mutual fund. However I am questioning my ...
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Why invest in IRA while a low-cost index fund is much simpler?

I'm currently investing in a low-cost index fund and wonder what's the point of opening an IRA (either Roth or traditional). The big con of IRA is that you can't withdraw before retirement age ...
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Senior in College, need advice on my investing plan

I am a rising senior in college and saved up $3,000 dollars from my summer internship. I have done a lot of research online about investment options for my age and I decided that opening a Roth IRA ...
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Investing in low cost index fund — does the timing matter?

I'm a young person with some money to start investing. I do believe in the superiority of low cost index fund over actively managed fund. But I still freeze up a bit about the timing of when to start ...
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What is the denominator in the expense ratio?

So I recently looked at Vanguard Total market Index fund, which has an expense ratio of 0.05%. How is this number calculated? The numerator is various operating expenses of the fund, but no source ...
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What's Deal with “Pure Style” ETFs/Funds?

I was initially going to find one large-cap growth ETF but then changed my mind to split evenly between a large-cap growth and a large-cap value fund. As I studied returns of various ETFs, my eyes lit ...
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How to Compare Two ETFs, Accounting for Expense Ratio?

I'm attempting to compare ETFs but am not understanding how to account for expense ratios. (I'm assuming that the annual returns do not account for expense ratios already -- is this correct?) For ...
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How much of each stock do index funds hold?

An S&P500 index fund will hold each of the 500 stocks that are in the S&P 500. Does it target holding an equal number of shares of each stock? An equal dollar amount? Does this vary based on ...
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Index Fund Tracking Error acceptable value

I'm looking at a variety of index funds. I know that tracking error, loosely speaking, is the deviation of a fund's performance from that of the underlying index. I know lower is better, but I can't ...
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Physical replication ETFs that do not pay out dividends

I am searching for physical replication ETFs that do not pay out dividends at all. I am interest in ETFs that tracks major indices for example , S&P 500, DJIA, REIT, banking, Emerging market, or ...
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Same fund in ETF and investor share, different expense ratio?

I'm looking at Vanguard 500 Index fund. There are three different options. Admiral share (VFIAX) for people who has $10,000+, and the expense ratio is 0.05%. Investor share (VFINX) with minimal ...
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Online broker available in Europe - to buy index funds or ETF with small investments

So i am trying to start investing periodically some small amounts. I am particularly interested in index funds or ETF. I would like to be able buy, track, sell them, and etc online. There are a lot ...
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Green index funds?

I'm looking to shift my IRA into index funds, but I don't want to invest in fossil fuels or other ecologically damaging companies (for example Coca Cola, which is privatizing water throughout the ...
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In the face of currency exchange rate, pay off loan or not?

We have a student loan in the US, which is at low percentage rate. We live in Canada, and the CAD <-> USD conversion rate is getting worse. We have several stock and fund positions held in USD. ...
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Avoiding timing traps with long term index investing

Question 1) What are the risks pertaining to timing on long term index investments? 2) How large are these risks? 3) In case I feel not prepared to take these risks, how can I avoid them? ...
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Switch between funds - Standard Life pension scheme

I have a pension scheme with Standard Life UK where my employer contributes monthly. Currently money is invested in a BlackRock fund. It is an equity fund. I was wondering how does the switch ...
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What are the lowest-expense index funds available to an EU citizen?

I see people talking about 0.05% expense ratios, presumably meaning the Vanguard S&P 500 fund. Vanguard advertises an average expense ratio of 0.19%. Sounds great. But the index funds from ...
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How are mutual/index fund MERs fees charged?

Let's say I spend $1000 = 100 units at $10/unit on a no-commission, no-load index or mutual fund with an MER of 1%. Let's say any distributions are deposited as cash. In one year's time, the fund has ...
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How to dollar-cost-average with a large amount of money in a savings account?

A risk-neutral person, intending to not reach the IRA retirement age, earning approx, $30,000 per year, in his late 20's has $100,000 in a savings account and wants to end up with: 80% Stock (of ...
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What should I do with my $25k to invest as a 20 years old?

I have been fortunate enough to learn the skills necessary for a decent paying job at a fairly young age in computer engineering. I have $25k in my checking account, and I need a sensible means of ...
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Assessing the value of an ETF

I recently read through Graham's The Intelligent Investor and am looking at what index ETFs or Index Mutual Funds it makes sense for me to invest in. As I was considering this I realized that, at ...
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Is it possible to use an ETF's/index's price near market close to time my investments in its corresponding mutual fund?

I want to make monthly purchases of an S&P 500 index mutual fund. Most of the time (according to the numbers I looked at), if the index closes down for the day, the mutual fund's NAV will decrease ...
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When to start investing in an index fund? Wait for a bear market, use dollar cost-averaging, or another approach?

I think index funds are one of the best investment tools for the defensive investor. Still, when should one start investing money in an index fund? It could result in a loss to get in at the top of a ...
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Who determines, and how, the composition of the S&P 500 index?

I thought S&P 500 would contain the top 500 U.S. companies by market cap, but apparently that is not the case? e.g., Facebook (FB) was only recently added and has market cap of $100B whereas ...
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Fees aside, what factors could account for performance differences between U.S. large-cap index ETFs?

I'm regardful of the effects of Expense Ratios, but they range from 0.07% to 1.00% for the stocks therein. What other factors/reasons might explain and account for the prodigious difference in rates ...
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I am a 23 yr old looking to open a Roth IRA. Should the fund I choose track the S&P?

Not sure what particular funds should be examined, including funds that track the S&P. Is it smart for me at a young age to choose a fund tracking the S&P?
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Mutual fund net expense ratio greater than gross expense ratio

I'm looking at some funds to invest my 401k into. I noticed that a couple appeared to have a higher "Net Operating Expense Ratio" (0.56%) than the "Total Operating Expense Ratio" (0.50%). If it ...