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What differentiates index funds and ETFs?

Many companies offer index funds and ETFs. If two funds or ETFs track the same fund, what differentiates the two? Is it common for one index fund to outperform another? How can this happen if the ...
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Is there any benefit to investing in an index fund?

Does an index fund comprise of stocks that mimic the index? So when the index is altered to include new players/exclude old ones, the fund also adjusts? But how can this be, since index funds are not ...
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Will the popularity of index funds cause a pricing bubble in the stocks that make up an index?

I can't help but notice the popularity of index mutual funds over actively managed funds. I think all the arguments are sound, but I have one worry: Index funds are run by buying the stocks listed ...
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Is an index fund a good choice for a starter investment?

As an individual that is willing to consistently invest ~100-150 dollars monthly into an investment, willing to devote an average of an hour a day to educate himself / monitor investments, what kinds ...
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What to sell when your financial needs change, stocks or bonds?

Say I have a portfolio composed of 80% index funds, and 20% bonds. This portfolio was created under the assumption I would have a relatively large income, and wouldn't need to withdraw any funds for a ...
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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 should one structure a portfolio given the possibility that a Total Stock Market Index might decline and not recover for a long time?

It's a common financial advice to buy an index and hold it forever. Particularly, John Bogle endorsed buying an S&P 500 index and just hold it / buy more of it during bear markets so you get ...
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Entering the stock market in a poor economy

I'm sitting on a reasonable pile of cash, earning negligible interest in a bank savings account. After determining that I can live without this money for 5-10 years, I decided it would be best put ...
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Index mutual fund “minimum initial investment” inside a Roth IRA?

When a fund says its minimum initial investment amount is $2500, does that mean I need $2500 in my Roth IRA account to trade that fund? If so, would I need $7500 total in my Roth IRA account to trade ...
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Where can I find open source portfolio management software? [closed]

I am looking for open source code that allows me to do something like Morningstar, but with full export facility, not partial like here, and only for low-cost index funds. I don't want to create a ...
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Understanding differences between S&P500 index-tracking ETFs

I'm trying to understand the difference between S&P 500 trackers. Example: SPY IVV VOO They all have different prices (IVV being $1 more, on average than SPY, and VOO being about 50% ...
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First time investor wanting to invest in index funds especially Vanguard

I am a first time investor. I would like to invest small and gradually build up depending on how I fare in the stock market. I've been following the stock market for a couple of years and have read up ...
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Growth of unrealized gains in tax-managed index funds

Tax-managed index funds defer capital-gains distributions by, among other things, offsetting capital gains with losses and deviating from their underlying indexes to avoid having to sell appreciated ...
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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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Where are Bogleheadian World ETFs or Index funds?

The term bogleheadian is a bit ambiguous term but its simplification means low-cost, diversified, tax-efficient -- solutions. The slant is ETFs or index funds. William Bernstein wrote in some of his ...
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How do euro hedged index funds work?

I was trying to find a S&P 500 tracking fund and came across this one. db x-trackers S&P 500 Euro Hedged Index UCITS ETF. Can anyone explain what the Euro hedging means and how it is supposed ...
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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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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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More money towards down payment versus long-term investments

Background: I am married with no kids (but anticipating them at some point) and no debt at all. My spouse and I have an emergency fund, both fully fund our retirement accounts, and are also keenly ...
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Why are index funds called index funds?

Why are index funds called index funds?
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Invest in low cost small cap index funds when saving towards retirement?

This is a question about "Personal investing and asset allocation". About me: I earn more than I spend I may retire in 15 or 20 years, and I have savings to be invested in something or managed ...
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Is Bogleheadism (index fund investing) dead?

I've always been a believer in index funds, and lately have been reading books such as The Coffee House Investor and The Lazy Person's Guide to Investing. It all makes sense to me except that the ...
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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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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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Are there index tracking funds that avoid the “buy high - sell low” problem?

An index tracking fund is a fund that buys direct stocks with a view to directly matching a particular index (e.g. the S&P500 or Russell 2000). One way to allocate assets in such a fund is to ...
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How can one relatively easily show that low expense ratio funds outperform high expense ratio funds?

Almost everybody these days says that passively managed, low expense ratio funds outperform actively managed, high expense ratio funds. I believe it, and have been investing accordingly, but I would ...
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Are stock index fund likely to keep being a reliable long-term investment option?

As I understand it, stocked-based index fund have been a reliable long term investment option in the last X years. Specifically, during "most" 10-year intervals in the examined history, the yield on ...
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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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Is there a widely recognized bond index?

S&P 500 is a widely recognized stock index, that many people benchmark performance against, and you can find 'passive management' funds that compete to replicate it at as low a fee as possible. ...
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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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What is the role of a manager in a passively managed index fund?

For example, what do the portfolio managers for the TD Canadian Index Fund (TD Asset Management) actually do? There should not be any need for portfolio managers, because no trading is involved. ...
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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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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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How do I calculate the current risk involved with US Bond Index Funds?

For months I have been trying to wrap my head around the concept of risk involved with the US Bond Index Funds in my portfolio. My initial conclusion is that the risk of long-term damage to my ...
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Are there any Social Responsibility Index funds or ETFs?

Are there any Index Funds or ETFs that focus on Socially Responsible Investing, or will I have to choose my own basket of stocks?
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Stocks vs. High-yield Bonds: Risk-Reward, Taxes?

Assuming one is looking for a fairly high-risk, high-reward investment, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a diversified stock portfolio (e.g. an S&P 500 index fund) vs. a diversifed ...
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Where can I find P/E and CAPE data for different sectors, countries and market capitalizations

I've been searching for high-quality data on CAPEs (cyclically adjusted price to earnings ratios) for different sectors, countries and market capitalizations. Shiller's Irrational Exuberance website ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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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Analysis of Valuation-Informed Indexing?

My question. I've been reading about Valuation-Informed Indexing (VII). What is your reaction? Would you recommend this strategy? What are its potential strengths/weaknesses? Background. For those ...
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Do you micro-manage index fund purchases to a particular day of the month?

I have setup automatic withdrawal with my brokerage to purchase shares of an S&P500 Index fund the 8th of every month. When I first caught wind of the USA credit downgrade Saturday morning, I ...
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What are short-term fairly liquid investments with attractive yields?

I am looking for fixed-income investments or investment strategy that offer quarterly liquidity and attractive annual effective yields and low risk (i.e. holding the security for a a quarter should ...
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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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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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Why are typical 401(k) plan fund choices so awful?

I don't expect a huge number of funds to choose from in a 401k plan, but all the plans I've ever seen are loaded with funds that have outrageously high management expense ratios (MERs) and they ...
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Is a “total stock market” index fund diverse enough alone?

I'm just getting into investing (currently small amounts, to increase dramatically when I finish off my moderate interest student loans). From what I've read, index funds are the way to go, and I like ...
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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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Where can I find historic performance data on Barclays Aggregate Canadian Bond Index?

I'm looking at the Vanguard Canadian Aggregate Bond Index ETF (VAB), and it says it replicates the "Barclays Capital Global Aggregate Canadian Float Adjusted Bond Index". Unfortunately VAB is less ...