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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Index ETF or Index mutual fund - standard brokerage account

If I plan to hold an asset for 10 years, the asset is offered as a mutual fund and an etf, with the same 0.25% fee, and quarterly dividends of 100.00, from a tax and reinvestment standpoint, which ...
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Should I move out of my actively managed IRA at Fidelity and put it all in index funds?

I have an IRA at Fidelity. It is where I have rolled old 401k plans into. Currently, I am paying Fidelity to actively manage the account. It is currently invested is many mutual funds, bonds and ...
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Is Buying American Shares in Canada a Good Idea?

I am looking at buying some American based shares such as SPY (the S&P 500 Index ETF), but I am in Canada. I am wondering if buying something like this will have any consequences (e.g. I have to ...
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Passive vs. active investing past performance comparison/data?

I am looking for past statistical data how on average active investment (managed by fund manager) compares to passive investment (index) in 10 or 20 past years. I intend to compare the average gains ...
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What's the difference between “Index” and “Accumulation” tracker funds?

Here are two trackers running on the same index: http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/funds/snapshot/snapshot.aspx?id=F00000OOAW http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/funds/snapshot/snapshot.aspx?id=F00000OOAV ...
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What are Some Good Low Cost Index Funds to Invest in for the Long Term?

I am 19 years old (in Canada) and have heard that "Low Cost" index funds are a safe and highly profitable way to invest small amounts of money each month. My aim is to invest every month until I am ...
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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 ...