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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 benefit to pooling money with family members to buy a mutual fund?

I'm thinking of investing some money into a mutual fund and am curious whether it's worthwhile to just pool my money with my dad and do so? He already has a mutual fund set up, and I'm curious whether ...
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Where to find turnover / average amount of time investors & mutual funds held stocks they purchased?

In the book The Intelligent Investor, Jason Zweig mentions the annual turnover rate for stocks on the NYSE, that is the average amount of time investors and mutual funds held stocks that they ...
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How can I determine my basis for a gift of mutual funds?

My parents, saving for college many (20+?) years ago, purchased some Evergreen mutual funds for each of their children. I believe the accounts were established in the children's names. Thanks to some ...
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2answers
334 views

How can I see the holdings of a mutual fund?

I'd like to be a socially responsible investor. I'd like to be able to blacklist certain companies that I feel are violators of my own social beliefs. cough monsanto cough. I'm finding it to be ...
4
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2answers
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Are there any tax concerns with small periodic vs larger less frequent contributions?

Haven't had to worry about this much with tax my tax advantaged accounts. But I have started up a mutual fund with Vanguard, and I was curious if there are any tax related concerns with investing a ...
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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 there fees or penalties for holding less than $10K in a Vanguard Admiral Shares fund?

I currently have a large sum of cash in a "Rewards Account" at my credit union. The interest rate is at 2.75%. It seems to drop every year. It started out at over 4%. Basically, I am looking to find a ...
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333 views

Are mutual funds a good choice for a medium to low risk investment with a two year horizon?

I have a two year investment horizon, and I will make regular monthly contributions. I prefer investment options with medium to low risk. Are mutual funds a good choice for such a short investment ...
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1answer
83 views

Do transaction fees for mutual funds apply when purchasing additional shares?

My broker charges me a $19.99 transaction fee when purchasing some mutual funds. I believe that they will also charge this fee when selling shares in the fund. What is not clear to me, is if they ...
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1answer
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Move from Stockholm to Ireland

I live in Sweden but plan to move back to Ireland in a number of years. When I can't say exactly but hopefully within 5 years. I'm 32 years of age, with a wife and 2 children. We earn 70k euros ...
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2answers
912 views

How can I replicate Vanguard's Total Stock Market Index using their S&P 500 and extended stock market funds?

I want to approximate the total United States stock market with part of my 401(k). I have access to two low-cost index mutual funds: VIIIX, which tracks the S&P 500 (large cap), and VIEIX, which ...
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736 views

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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1answer
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What else besides fees should I consider in rebalancing my fund portfolio's asset allocation?

My portfolio is currently $10k invested in VWNFX. I also have a 401k (contributing about $13k/year) and an emergency fund. But for the purposes of this question I am just talking about my ...
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1answer
238 views

When you buy mutual funds through a broker, where are the shares held?

This question arises from a previous one regarding managing all one's investments from one screen on a brokerage house's web site, and a recent answer by @Patches regarding segregation of the ...
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Socially responsible investing accreditation

I've found some "socially responsible" funds that I'm interested in investing in. I have no idea how to tell if they're a scam though. Is there an accreditation agency or something similar which can ...
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1answer
207 views

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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Mutual fund operations: How do mutual funds deploy incoming cash from investors in a fund?

I know there are many different answers for this depending on the strategy of the fund. I have heard that some funds invest cash from incoming fund purchases into money markets until they are ready ...
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238 views

How can I find a high-risk, high-reward investment that is not strongly correlated with the U.S. economy?

I'm looking to add something to my investment portfolio for diversification. Right now, I own mostly a U.S. stock index fund, with a little bit of an international stock index fund, bonds and cash ...
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1answer
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What is the best way to balance my asset allocation with world allocation (aka “Go Anywhere”) mutual funds?

I purchased a couple of "world allocation" (aka "Go Anywhere") mutual funds. When I plugged one of them (FAIRX) into Morningstar and it showed up as a "large blend" fund. So I figured I could ...
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3answers
90 views

Short term cutting losses in a long term investment

I've only recently bought some mutual funds last year. Since then, my mutual funds' value has been losing money. When I set up this fund with my broker last year, for my investment portfolio I ...
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1answer
205 views

Can mutual fund prices have opening gaps? Might my order to be filled at a higher price?

My broker offers limit orders on mutual funds. I was curious if mutual funds have open gaps like stocks do. If I want to buy a fund if it goes up to a certain price, would it be safe to set a limit to ...
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3answers
379 views

What are the pros and cons of investing in a closed-end fund?

What are the pros and cons of investing in a closed-end fund, as opposed to a traditional mutual fund?
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2answers
245 views

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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6answers
376 views

How do I find an ideal single fund to invest all my money in?

Suppose I wanted to follow the advice on this blog post: An ideal bal­anced port­fo­lio would be a sin­gle fund. This forces you to look at your invest­ments as one big bucket, ...
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What is a good rule of thumb to determine when to abandon a mutual fund?

For about 5 years now, I have been investing $300-400/month in a so called "high risk" mutual fund. I started just before the crash, and have weathered it. Today its value is 102% of book. I have ...
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1answer
231 views

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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83 views

How Do Fund Fees Turn Up Exactly?

Regarding the overhead or expense fees associated with holding shares in a mutual fund, how do the fees affect what I'm holding? Is it taken out of the share price? Is it taken out of the ...
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My investment account is increasingly and significantly underperforming vs. the S&P 500. What should I do?

I have an investment account, opened in my name by my father years ago that I just discovered 4 months ago. It has actually been doing decently well in the last 4 months since I discovered it. I ...
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4answers
236 views

How can I tell if a mutual fund is inflated?

To reach a prudent asset allocation, I need to add a small cap mutual fund to my portfolio. I'm a little concerned that I am "buying high" because all the small cap funds I'm considering (below) have ...
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6answers
637 views

Are investment companies safe for investing a large sum of money?

I'm a computer programmer who got in early it a successful internet company. My business is entering a transition period and I'm not sure if I'll be making the same income for much longer. I'd say I ...
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146 views

Invest in new mutual funds before the end of the year, or after, in a retirement account?

I changed jobs this year and as a consequence, rolled over my employee 401(k) to a personal rollover IRA. I just completed the rollover earlier this month, and right now the money is just sitting in ...
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425 views

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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3answers
96 views

What are a few sites that make it easy to invest in high interest rate mutual funds?

What are a few sites that make it easy to invest in high interest rate mutual funds? (12%+)
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What is a “closed-end fund”? How is a closed-end fund different from a typical mutual fund?

I recently ran across the term "closed-end fund", but the author didn't explain what it was. What is a "closed-end" fund vs a typical mutual fund, and are there advantagets/disadvantages to each?
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355 views

Why should I avoid mutual funds as an investment?

I've heard in passing when discussing investments, "oh, you're crazy to invest in mutual funds". I didn't want to seem like I didn't understand at the time. What are the downsides of investing in ...
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194 views

Super-generic mutual fund type

I have 20k in my emergency fund, which is about twice what I planned having in there. I think I can safely invest half of that in something better than the ING savings account it's currently in. I ...
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226 views

Simple and safe way to manage a lot of cash

I have an older relative that I am going to help in managing their money. His income is fine to live on. In terms of assets, he has about $250k in a variety of separate CDs, stocks, checking ...
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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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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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How much does it cost to buy mutual funds? Where can I find about about the charges?

Regarding investing in mutual funds: How much does it cost to buy mutual funds? Where can I find about about the charges?