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In a retirement account, is there any reason to purchase deferred annuities now instead of near retirement?

There are lots of sources online that talk about how if you are saving your retirement money within a tax-sheltered account (401k, 403b, etc), you are likely better off with mutual fund investments ...
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How can I invest in USA mutual funds from Australia?

HI I wish to invest in top USA mutual funds (Vanguard, T-Rowe). I was told by the fund that as a foreign national I could not do so directly. Do you know how I could without excessive fees? I am an ...
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what % of intl should be in China equity mutual funds right now? [closed]

Mutual funds investing in China equity seem to be the strongest growing Intl equity mutual funds. What percentage of my international equity mutual funds should I move to China equity mutual funds ?
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Is my mutual fund strategy to rebalance to fixed portions of cash, equity, & bonds a good one?

Is this a good mutual fund strategy: Once a year I adjust the asset allocation of all my mutual funds, equity and bond. I maintain a fixed percent of cash, equity, and bonds. If any fund gets ...
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Indian mutual funds with tax benefits

Are there any mutual funds offered by Indian banks that give any tax advantages? This is for my mother (retired Indian citizen). Something that gives a better rate of return than the fixed deposits ...
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Why do mutual fund trading limitations exist? e.g. 90 day transfer limits?

I recently moved money from one mutual fund to another fund in my 401(k), and was warned that I'd be prohibited from transferring out money from said fund for a period of 90 days. I know such ...
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Do “growth of $10k” charts for mutual funds account for fees? I've found conflicting information

I've had several people advise me that the growth of $10k charts that you see for mutual funds, and provided by, e.g., Morningstar, account for the expense ratio of that fund (but not sales loads). So ...
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Subsequent purchase greater than dividend payout

I recently purchased some VDIGX mutual fund. My brokerage told me they allow dividend reinvestment without a fee so I chose to auto roll my dividends back into the fund. After thinking about it though ...
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Tool for researching historical mutual fund perfomance patterns

A few months ago I came across an obscure looking website that I have not been able to find again. I'm hoping someone can help me find it or something similar. Basically, you enter a mutual fund and ...
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Why do US retirement funds typically have way more US assets than international assets?

I have noticed that US retirement funds generally seem to allocate far more space to US stock than international (non-US) stock. Of course, there is not really any such thing as a prototypical ...
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How do management fees affect the money invested in a mutual fund

On mutual fund brochures, they state a management fee and also a MER. How to interpret these two numbers? For example, if management fee is 1% and MER is 2%, then for an investment of 100$, does it ...
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Suitable Vanguard funds for a short-term goal (1-2 years)

I am looking to save for a down-payment for a house in a period of 1 to 2 years. So I want to open a brokerage account, start with $3K, and put $1K on a monthly basis. Then, after one or two years, I ...
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What is the 'opportunity cost' for delaying charitable donations, and when to grant them?

This question is kind of off topic, but this is the best sight I can find for it, so hopefully your humor me. I'm trying to figure out the optimal way to donate my charitable money, this question ...
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How to invest in drones?

I expect the drones will be in the nearby future something very usual to our daily environment. Therefore I am wondering what is the best way to be invested into drones? Are there any trusts/funds to ...
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Higher returns from international markets?

I've heard that part of your portfolio should be invested in international markets. One argument for it is higher returns. However, browsing through some funds (FOSFX, FIEUX, FWWFX), all I can see is ...
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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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Meaning: 'pay the piper on the bottom line' [closed]

Maybe this should be an question at English Language Learners, but it concerns mutual fund investing; so I thought to try here first, but please migrate this if apt. [Source:] The burgeoning ...
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Direct Mutual funds in India through Demat

I am aware that Mutual funds are available in India in two flavors, Regular and Direct. Also, I have been using my Demat account to buy units in Mutual fund. However, I find many Direct options are ...
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What are the trading cost differences between stocks and mutual funds in 401k account?

I am confused about the mutual fund investment minimums and buying commission fees. I've been searching these question on the internet but no good answers. Hope someone can answer my questions below ...
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Does mutual fund front-load fee count toward IRA contribution limits? [duplicate]

I want to max out my IRA and I am investing in a mutual fund with 5% front-load fee. Does that mean that I can contribute $5,500 max for IRA but have real IRA balance $5,500 less $275 = $5,225 as a ...
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What's best investment option? Mutual fund or Property [duplicate]

I had purchased a home year ago and given it on rent. The rent I'm getting is only 5% of total cost of home while stock fund industry (mutual fund) is paying 20% minumum (reports from my country here ...
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Sell your home and invest in growth stock mutual fund

I purchased a home and I made and agreement with a guy who is living in that home and paying me monthly rent. Since I live with my brother I don't have to live in my purchased home. The rent I'm ...
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What are the steps for creating a systematic investment plan for mutual funds?

I believe that any investment done systematically should be termed as a systematic investment plan. However, the term systematic investment plan is mostly understood as systematically investing a ...
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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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What do mutual funds gain by being different from ETFs

This is what I understand on how ETS work vis-a-vis mutual funds: If I buy an ETF (SPY), then the ETF trust fund does not take my money and go out and buy the underlying stocks. I buy one share of SPY ...
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Are mutual funds safe from defaults?

Mutual funds are great way to diversify your investments (e.g compared to individual stocks). I am investing a significant part of my savings in a mutual fund, and understand that investment has risks ...
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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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Investment strategy for 401k when rolling over soon

I'm a contractor at a company interesting in investing in their 401k. If I know I'll be leaving this company in a year or so what sort of time horizon and risk exposure is applicable? I'm not sure how ...
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Any reason to invest in a mutual fund at launch?

Hargreaves are launching a new UK growth fund next week. Is there any particular reason to get in at the start? I figure it's not like an IPO? The fund value is based on performance, right, not ...
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Taxes on offshore funds held in UK investment account

I am an italian citizen but UK resident and have an investment account with Fidelity in UK. I would like to invest in the Fidelity Euro Cash fund to gain exposure to EUR without adding other risks ...
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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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Is it worth using an online platform to invest in various fund houses?

According to this article, there are there approaches to investing: Approach the fund houses directly and create an account Approach a brokerage firm and create an account Approach an independent ...
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Automatic Investment Plan - Non U.S resident

I am looking for any options to invest small amounts each month/quarter without commissions eating me up. As a U.S. resident and investing in a Mutual Fund, this is no problem. AIP programs Non U.S. ...
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What are reasonable administrative fees for an IRA?

I have a couple of IRAs (one roth, one traditional), at a local credit union for state employees where I live. I'm fairly young, so the money has simply been in interest-bearing accounts to date. ...
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best way to keep track of your portfolio, total income / loss for both equities, funds and bonds

Is there any recommended web based tool which allows you to keep track of your investment portfolio, be it equities, funds, or bonds? In the case of bonds, and equities which pay a dividend, I would ...
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Why would I pick a specific ETF over an equivalent Mutual Fund?

At the risk of beating a dead horse, I am still confused about the benefits of an ETF over a mutual fund. I understand the general premise (lower expense ratio, liquidity, paying taxes for other ...
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Exposure to Irish Housing Market

I have the majority of my savings in Swedish fonds, with the rest in Global or European (non-Euro) fonds. Current value = €50k. I also own property in Stockholm. Current value = €200k. I am 35 and ...
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When a fund drops significantly, how can I research what went wrong? [duplicate]

A mutual fund I have (Vanguard Health Care Inv - VGHCX) dropped around 8% in one day...which is kind of unusual for a fund. All the while the general stock market rose slightly. Which brings me to ...
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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 ...