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Can an ETF's expense ratio (fees) change after I buy it?

In researching ETFs I've found a lot of dire warnings about expense ratios. Evidently, they can really eat up your money. Ok, so look for funds with low expense ratios. But, if I understand this ...
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Is there any evidence that “growth”-style indexes and growth ETFs outperform their respective base indexes?

For example Vanguard has the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF and the Vanguard S&P 500 Growth ETF. Just looking at the returns, it looks like the growth ETF has outperformed the S&P 500 ETF: ... ...
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How to select a service to use to begin making investments?

I'm looking to make a small investment in stocks. I like the idea of ETF's and since I'm based in Ireland I'm considering using Davy : http://www.davyselect.ie/our-services/self-invest.html Is this ...
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What's a recommended minimum amount for buying an index ETF, to minimize fees/commissions?

Let's say every month I transfer $559, which is about 3 shares of VOO. The commission from Fidelity is $7.95, which is about 1.42%. Is it worth doing that, or better, every other month buy worth of ...
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Inverse Relationship between Volatility and Beta

From P78 in ETF for Dummies, 2nd Ed, by Russell Wild : Beta’s usefulness is greater for individual stocks than it is for ETFs, but nonetheless it can be helpful, especially when gauging the ...
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How do I bet one stock will outperform another stock?

How can I bet that company (a) will outperform company (b)? It seems like the simplest way would be to buy long company (a) and short company (b). However, this strategy seems crude since I will still ...
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If the housing market is recovering, why would a REIT index ETF (e.g. VNQ) not be performing well?

As you can see below, the Vanguard REIT ETF fund hasn't been doing very well for the last 6 months, but the housing market seems to be improving every month. Why do we have this difference? VNQ ...
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How to automate the tracking of ratios and other values for a set of stocks or ETFs?

I'm interested in monitoring a set of financial products (say ETFs WLOG) continually (but not continuously). My current plan is the following. Say I want to survey the top ten Large Cap Growth ...
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Couch Potato Portfolio for Europeans?

I recently came across the Couch Potato Portfolio concept and was happy to find an investment strategy that made sense to me. Its origin seems to be the Canadian version, and it has been translated ...
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Investments backed by physical Diamonds?

I understand people can invest in Gold via ETF's which are investments backed by physical gold. My question is, do investments exist which are physically backed by Diamonds?
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How to invest in gold at market value, i.e. without paying a markup?

At 2013-03-24 - 11:30am, the value of gold in the UK per oz was 1056.7GBP. I can buy a 24 carat 1oz gold coin (999.9) for 1132GBP. I can sell that gold coin for 1010GBP. I am clearly doing ...
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Why is the dominant investing advice for individuals to use mutual funds, exchanged traded funds (ETFs), etc

The dominant advice on this site (including that which I give to novices) regarding investing is to only invest in fund vehicles (mutual funds, ETFs, etc), rather than in individual stocks. Why is ...
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Pros & cons of buying gold directly vs. investing in a gold ETF like GLD, IAU, SGOL?

Google search brings up some articles on this topic, but they can be biased, so: What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying physical gold vs. investing in a gold ETF like GLD, IAU, or SGOL? ...
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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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“Cap gains exposure” of an ETF — what does it mean?

Morningstar provides an ETF data point called potential cap gains exposure. For example, here is Vanguard's Europe ETF (VGK): This value is negative 78% for VGK. I understand that this is a good ...
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Do all ETFs fall under the Investment Company Act of 1940?

Do all ETFs fall under the Investment Company Act of 1940? If not, how would a buyer know? Are there legal or financial terms to look for in the prospectus, or will be it spelled out explicitly?
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Do ETF managers charge management fees on top of transaction fees?

I see that ETFs do work very similar to diversification of individual stocks following either an industry or an index. I am thinking of changing my strategy to reduce my cost of investing which at ...
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International (ex-US) ETFs with low exposure to financial sector?

I've noticed that many international ETFs (especially emerging market funds) have a large stake in the financial sector. Are there any ETFs that de-emphasize financials? Conversely, are there any ...
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Are there any ETFs that follow the “Dogs of the Dow” allocation?

Essentially what it says on the tin. The "Dogs of the Dow" strategy seems to be a fairly popular basic strategy to follow for stock portfolio allocation - are there any ETFs that do this for you?
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US or UK based ETF Index funds for UK investor?

I would like to invest in ETF Index funds. Vanguard funds have cheapest MER, around 0.2% and it was my initial choice, but then I've learned about some tax complications which I still don't ...
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Investing in a leveraged index ETF for retirement. Risky?

I'm 23, and in addition to my 401k at work, I have a few thousand saved in an IRA. Right now I have it sitting in Treasurys earning around 3%. Over the past 50 years the S&P has averaged around ...
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What factors affect the yield and “trade value” on an exchange of a junk bond ETF?

In an effort to further my grasp of financial derivatives available for speculation and losing money, I realize I need further understanding of how "high-yield corporate", aka junk bond ETF's, "work" ...
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Is there an ETF for commodities without heavy emphasis on precious metals?

Is there an ETF that holds a basket of common industrial commodities (copper, oil, corn, etc.), but places less emphasis on "hoarded" metals such as silver and gold?
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I would like to publicly share the details of my investment portfolio. What websites add value in this regard?

I want to have the ability to share the details of my holdings and have a website track the return over time while making this information 100% public to anyone who may be interested. What websites ...
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Using P/E Ratio of an ETF to decide on asset mix

I am a conservative investor with an asset mix of around 50% bonds/cash and 50% stock via large index ETFs. Recently I've been thinking about settling down on a non-emotional way to decide whether ...
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Can you help me find an ETF Selection website that evaluates my ETF holdings?

I came across a website that charged a fee and told me which ETFs I should be buying. Unlike a traditional website, I remember this website telling me that the ETF I have invested a year ago is not ...
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Resources for comparing mutual fund and ETF historical performance?

What are good magazines/publications/newspapers/websites to follow for someone wishing to compare historical performances of index funds, ETFs, managed funds etc? Do I start with my bank's web site ...
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Should you diversify your ETF investments between companies?

I've found a number of interesting index funds, of which a lot are run by Vanguard. However, since I'm diversifying my investments between index funds, it seems sensible that I'd want to make sure all ...
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How to calculate the investment fees your portfolio is paying?

Disclaimer: I am going to mention the investment company that I am using, but I am not related in any way with this company, is just to exemplify my question. I am currently using foliofn.com. ...
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How to buy Greek bonds either directly or via ETF?

Is there an online brokerage, for UK citizens, that provides access to Greek bonds? Interactive Brokers doesn't. Alternatively, are there other assets (say ETFs) that have a percentage invested in ...
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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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Which US market indexes (Dow/DJIA, S&P500, NASDAQ) include reinvested dividends?

Which major US market indexes (Dow/DJIA, S&P 500, NASDAQ) include returns from reinvested dividends, and which don't? Where can "total return" information be found for each index that doesn't ...
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What are the important differences between mutual funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)?

I've been considering, but haven't committed myself yet to investing in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), but have to admit that I don't yet fully understand the use-case for them. What factors are ...
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What to do with small dividends in brokerage account?

I just got paid some dividends from an ETF that I own. It is only $4, which is sitting as cash in my brokerage account. I'm aware that this is a very tiny amount of money in the grand scheme of ...
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What kinds of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) should specifically be avoided?

This is related to my other question. There, I was asking what exchange traded funds I should consider for inclusion in my retirement portfolio. That got me thinking: What kinds of exchange-traded ...
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What low-fee & liquid exchange-traded index funds / ETFs should I consider holding in a retirement portfolio?

I'm still (one year later) going through an exercise to restructure my retirement portfolio. To date, I've been using a mix of exchange-traded index funds. Some trade on the TSX, and others trade in ...
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Should I buy individual bonds for my retirement portfolio, or stick to funds/ETFs?

To avoid the fees on bond mutual funds or exchange traded funds I have been thinking of buying actual bonds inside of my retirement portfolio. Does that make sense or are there drawbacks to consider?
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What's an Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)?

I've been hearing a lot about exchange-traded funds, or ETFs. What exactly are they, and how would I use them?