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Mutual fund value went down, shares went up, no action taken by me

I have no prior experience with stocks so please forgive me if this is a dumb question but I don't even know what to try googling. Two days ago I signed up with scottrade. I put $1000 into ICENX ...
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How to decide on split between large/mid/small cap on 401(k) and how often rebalance

On my 401(k) the default time-targeted fund seems to be relatively expensive. I thought about using Vanguard mutual funds, which are also available and have much lower expense ratio. However they are ...
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What are the fees in a targeted retirement fund?

I own the American Funds 2030 Target Date Retirement Fund (AAETX). AAETX owns a collection of other funds such as New Perspective Fund (ANWPX). Am I paying a fee for both AAETX and the underlying ...
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How does end-of-year interact with mutual fund prices (if it does)?

Should I expect prices of mutual fund shares to go up in anticipation of dividends, down after dividends have paid out ... or just trust that the market has already reacted to that and the price is ...
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Where to find fund total assets?

Is there a site that charts total assets of a fund/ETF (GLD, UCO, etc)? I'd like to see total assets plotted over periods of time to get an idea if assets are increasing or decreasing.
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Mutual Funds to invest in every week or monthly

I want to know if there are any funds (in US), that let you put some money in per period, like weekly or monthly. I know you can put money into 401k per paycheck. I want something similar without the ...
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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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What does the divided income number signify?

This mutual fund has a distribution at the end of every month. For example, the income dividend for October 2014 was 0.0301. Assuming I hold $x worth of units in this fund, what would my ...
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Advice on replacing my savings account

I currently have a Vanguard account (Mutual Fund) with about $10,000 in it (more now). I have a savings account with about $7,000 which I consider my "rainy day" fund and I try to put money into my ...
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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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First time homebuyer/investor: How to best allocate money towards paying off mortgage?

I am 23 with no debt and planning on purchasing a house. I've been running through many hypotheticals and decided to post an example to see what others think since this is a significant decision. I ...
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No Load & No Transaction Fee, are there any hidden costs?

E*Trade offers some mutual fund trades with No Load & No Transaction fee's. Are there any hidden costs? Or down the road when I pull my money out can I be assured that I am privy to all the ...
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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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Do US mutual funds and ETFs pay taxes on dividends?

If I am a US citizen and want to invest in a US fund (e.g. a mutual fund or an index fund), which also invest in a number of US stocks, what happens when the fund I invest in receives dividends? Is ...
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Historical day-to-day prices for all mutual funds (best if through an API)

Where can I get daily historical prices for any mutual fund available on the markets, for free? I don't want a chart, as that is available through the broker as well, but rather day-to-day NAV price ...
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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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How do I assess the performance of a Kiwisaver scheme?

In New Zealand we have a long-term savings scheme called Kiwisaver. Essentially, a percentage of your income that you designate (3, 4 or 8%) is funnelled to this saving fund, along side your PAYE ...
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SIP when markets are good

I'm planning to invest in a mutual fund. The tricky part is that it's NAV is quite high these days, almost close to its 52 week high. In this scenario, does it make sense to buy a this fund in bulk or ...
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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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Find the compound return

If I have a specific amount of money. For example 1000€ at the beginning of the 2008 year. -65.55 2008 91.25 2009 17.74 2010 -42.87 2011 18.32 2012 -18.82 2013 56.57 2014 How much money ...
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What does the phrase “after waivers or absorptions” mean?

I'm looking at an investment fund disclosure document, and it's quoting expense ratios: as a % of the fund's value after waivers or absorptions what does the second phrase mean in general, and/or ...
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Social security number in the mutual fund account page

I have a social security number that I'm not sure if it is mine or not. I've been given this SSN from my parents long time ago and I need to verify it. This number however, matches the number showed ...
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Lump sum investment vs SIP when I have the lump sum

I am fresh out of college and placed with a good job. It's been two months now and I have with me (after making all deductions): Two months salary Signing bonus = Equivalent to another 1.5 months of ...
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I own a mutual fund that owns voting shares, who gets the vote?

I was looking at FSCSX and noticed that it owns some Google Class A shares. These shares get 1 vote each (Yeah I know Google voting shares cant really influence anything, lets ignore that). Who ...
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How can I tell if a mutual fund is open-ended

I have restrictions on what type of securities I may buy and sell. However, I'm free to trade open-ended mutual funds. I looked at the Investopida definition, and I see that anything that I can freely ...
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Do stocks give you more control over your finances than mutual funds?

I am new to investing. I noticed that I can setup rules to auto-sell stocks (I don't know the term for this rule). I cannot auto-sell a mutual fund based on some criteria. So take a simple example. ...
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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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Vanguard ETF vs mutual fund

I was looking at Vanguards (VOO) ETF which aims to mimic the S&P 500 and noticed you do not pay any commission fees and it has an expanse ratio of just .05%.Then I looked at the mutual fund ...
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UK resident seeking to invest in US mutual fund company

I have a B1 visa, owns a rental property and file US income tax return annually. Can I invest in mutual funds in the US? I was advised by a mutual fund company that I am not eligible because I am not ...
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Do financial advisers in Canada who work at the bank, make investing decisions not in your best interest?

I've been using the same financial adviser as my my family and am wondering if Canadian financial advisers who work at the bank specifically Scotiabank would purchase mutual funds that specifically ...
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Good Android app for mutual fund research?

I'm trying to compare several mutual fund options offered by my HSA account. I cannot seem to find a good mobile app that will allow me to enter the symbol and list historical performance as well as ...
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When should you use an actively managed mutual fund in a 401k?

Why should you use an actively managed fund for your 401k? I have read several questions and answers on this and other sites and it seems like it's generally better to go with funds that follow the ...
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Empirical performance data of ETFs and Mutual Funds tracking identical Indexes?

This is somewhat of a follow up to my other question on ETFs vs Mutual funds for the long term investor, but appropriately a different question. From the basic research I have done, it seems that ...
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Why would a long-term investor ever chose a Mutual Fund over an ETF?

(I read this previous question but would like to differentiate my question by having it focus exclusively on long term, buy and hold investing). From my understanding, it is conventional wisdom that ...
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Is there any Justification in Diversifying AMONG low-fee mutual index funds of the same index?

I see that there are multiple no-load, low-fee mutual index funds that attempt to track the S&P. Some of these funds do a better job of tracking the index than others. Would it be beneficial at ...
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Lump Sum Investing vs. Dollar Cost Averaging (as a Long Term Investor)

My company has an employee stock program in which employees put a percentage of their paycheck into the company for a period of time, after which they can purchase shares at the lower of the start and ...
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Can you point me to the correct US tax forms if I have a Canadian TFSA mutual fund?

I am a Canadian citizen and American permanent resident who invested in a TFSA mutual fund with a Canadian bank. Im looking to be pointed in the right direction for filing American taxes on these ...
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Any sane way to invest in both funds and stocks with UK ISA?

I wish to invest in both stocks and funds within an ISA. However the fund supermarkets all seem to charge an annual fee even on stocks. Yet there are stock trading isa accounts that have no fee. So I ...
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Why do you think there is a difference in these 2 funds' expense ratios?

For my 401k my employer offers 49 different investment options. The default option is the FID FREEDOM K 2055 (FDENX) which I have been in for the past year. I recently dug around checking out all the ...
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Superficial loss, converting mutual fund to ETF in Canada

My question is almost identical to this one, only I am interested in the Canadian version. If I own a mutual fund (for example, TDB900 from TD Bank) and wish to replace it with an equivalent ETF (for ...
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Funds that invest primarily based on governance criteria?

Are there any mutual funds or ETFs that invest primarily based on governance criteria? I've seen, and sometimes invested in, funds that invest based on ESG, a combination of environmental, social and ...
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Putting the gordon equation into practice

In his book "the investors manifesto", William Berstein explains how to use the Gordon equation to estimate expected real returns on stocks for stocks on the long run. The Gordon equation reads ...
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How to screen on Morningstar for GOLD rated mutual funds

How can I get a list of mutual funds for a given sector that are gold rated? I am referring to mutual funds that have the MorningStar gold rating symbol that indicates MorningStar advisers are ...
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Which of these unrealized profit calculations is correct? And, why other calculations are wrong?

Which of these unrealized profit calculations is correct? And, why other calculations are wrong? @ $10 per unit, $1000 - Subscription (100 units) $0500 - Cash dividend (50 units) $0500 - Reinvested ...
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Pros/cons of replicating a “fund of funds” with its component funds in my IRA?

I'm interested in investing in the Vanguard Target Retirement Income Fund in my IRA. That fund is made up of 5 funds: Total Bond Market II Index Fund Investor Shares (very similar to the Total Bond ...
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What is the difference between direct plans and Institutional Plan?

When I look at ultra short term funds, I generally see at least these two options for a given fund house. If the fund house name is "ABC", then I generally see these 2 options: ABC Ultra Short Term ...
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How to buy short term and ultra short term bonds

I wanted to know how an individual can buy a short/ulta short term fund? Do i directly approach the agent/broker and deal through them? Like for example , if i want to buy Franklin templeton's short ...
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ISA - intra year profits and switching process

I would like to open an ISA account to invest in funds and I see that the maximum allowance is increasing to 15,000 GBP in few months. My understanding is that all incomes generated in the ISA are ...
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When does a mutual fund's “expense ratio” deducted? [duplicate]

In a mutual fund's prospectus, there is usually an annual "expense ratio", representing annual expenses of that fund as a percentage of the net asset. When/how does this get deducted? I'm curious how ...
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Interpreting mutual fund performance: “Earnings” vs. gains/losses?

I have a 401K at Vanguard through my company, and I was browsing the 'performance' of my fund. I found where it breaks down my transactions, gains/loss, earnings, and overall change. I'm guessing ...