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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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Why is the price of my investment only updated once per day?

I have invested some money into a mutual fund (FTQGX). I've noticed that the price of it is only updated once a day, where as other investment options are updated continuously. Why is this? I'm ...
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How are mutual/index fund MERs fees charged?

Let's say I spend $1000 = 100 units at $10/unit on a no-commission, no-load index or mutual fund with an MER of 1%. Let's say any distributions are deposited as cash. In one year's time, the fund has ...
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Rupee Cost Averaging (SIP) vs. Value Cost Averaging (VIP) in mutual funds?

Which one is a better option while investing in mutual funds? I think that investment via VIP would work only if the investment is target oriented, and if calculated manually.
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Is there a way to find out what investment funds have a given stock?

Funds usually list their top stock holdings. Is there a way to do a reverse search so I could find out what mutual funds or ETFs have GOOG, for example, among their top holdings?
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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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ETF vs Mutual Fund: How to decide which to use for investing in a popular index?

How do you decide between investing in an ETF, vs. in a mutual fund, for the popular stock indexes? Trading costs, tax efficiency, capital gains?
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How does Google Finance calculate the Institution Owned metric for a stock

How does Google Finance calculate the Inst. Owned metric on the stock page. For example, this stock page for Jet Blue says: Inst Owned: 100%, but does that seem feasible. It means that all of the ...
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What are the tax implications of exchanging one fund for another in a tax-sheltered account?

What are the tax implications (if any) for exchanging one fund for another in a tax sheltered account (Roth IRA)? e.g. Changing from, say, a Life Strategy Fund to a Target Retirement fund.
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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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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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Shifting money between mutual funds

In the last 5-7 years, I've gradually invested money in several mutual funds via my bank (USAA). These funds now make up about a third of my portfolio. Initially I had invested in these funds ...
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If a mutual fund did really well last year, then statistically speaking, is it likely going to do bad this year?

I am a looking at a specific fund that made a killing last year. I know that this is a speculative question, but I am interested whether what I am saying held true over the years. Does a mutual fund ...
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Vanguard fund, Roth IRA, and 1099

About a week ago, I opened a Roth-IRA and purchased a Vanguard life strategy fund (VASGX), made the contribution for 2013 Tax Year. I should get q 1099, correct? How long does this normally take?
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What is the tax rate for VBIRX distributions?

I am unsure as to what is the federal tax rate for the distributions of the VBIRX fund. To quote from the product summary for VBIRX the fund invests about 30% of assets in corporate bonds and 70% ...
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How to read a mutual fund spec sheet?

I am attempting to invest money in mutual funds for the first time ever but honestly I have no idea how to figure out what is good and what's bad. I've seen sites recommending to look at the fees and ...
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Do I pay taxes on 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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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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How do you get out of a Mutual Fund in your 401(k)?

Let's say I start up my 401(k) through my employer with a particular fund. Take this for example: Largest Holdings (08/31/2013) Apple 3.07% Exxon Mobil Corporation 2.60% ...
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Mutual funds and taxes (US)

I am very new to investing and I have learned that owning a mutual fund with a high turn over coefficient may result in capital gains which are taxable. This concerns the US only. My question, ...
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Which mutual funds is Dave Ramsey talking about in The Total Money Makeover?

In the 2007 edition of Dave Ramsey's book The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness (ISBN 978-0-7852-8908-1), on pages xv & xvi, he states the following: Many intelligent ...
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My first investment $15K

My knowledge of mutual fund investments is 1 month old. I have $15000 on top my emergency savings and I max out my Roth IRA in addition. So this money is just there earning 1% APY in a savings ...
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Is there a finance API of some kind to get all holdings for a specific mutual fund?

Is there a finance API out there that easily allows pulling of all the stock holdings of a specific mutual fund?
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Are there any consequences for investing in Vanguard's Admiral Shares funds instead of ETF's in a Roth IRA?

I have a Roth IRA with Vanguard, and I saw this question: What is the difference between shares and ETF? about the differences between Admiral Share funds and ETFs. I've also seen stuff talking about ...
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Did basically all mutual funds have a significant crash in 2008?

I am interested in starting a Roth sometime in the near future, but I'm worried about an economic downturn like 2008 eating up a lot of my savings at some point in my life. Did most mutual funds take ...
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Which index fund or ETF should I buy, assuming my money is at a specific company?

If you aren't familiar with the 3 fund portfolio, the summary is that when investing in stocks, you should only be buying total market index funds. The 3 index funds represent: total US, total non-us ...
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What is a good time to start investing in a targeted mutual fund?

Lets say I think a specific Index fund/Mutual fund is a good potential investment e.g. VHCOX, given its high growth rate in the past one year. Does it matter at what time I make the initial ...
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Losses and costs of selling mutual funds in U.S

I am living, studying/working, investing mutual funds, and paying taxes in U.S.. I have a mutual fund and I have accumulated about 10k loss on it in both my margin account and Roth IRA account. If I ...
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Tax free savings or mutual funds (Canada)

I have an RRSP that over the last two years has held at ~10.3% and I have an emergency fund of $10,000 that is just sitting in my savings account. Would it be prudent to put that whole $10,000 into a ...
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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 ...
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Mutual fund invests in mostly the same stuff as ETF, but has much higher expense ratio? (biotech sector)

Looking at two funds, FBIOX and IBB, it seems that they mostly invest in the same things (at least the top 10 holdings are roughly similar), but the expense ratio for FBIOX is .81% vs. .48% for IBB. ...
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Why does Yahoo miss some mutual fund dividends/capital gains?

I was looking at a mutual fund data on Yahoo Finance and I found some problems. I'll bring Fidelity's FBMPX as the first example to show what I found [Link to Fidelity site]. On Fidelity's site, it ...
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Can I buy mutual funds from more than one company with multiple Roth IRA accounts?

I am a college student who is relatively new to investing. This summer, I opened a Roth IRA through T. Rowe Price and I have contributed $2,500. Can I open another Roth IRA with another company such ...
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When to liquidate mutual funds for a home downpayment

I have about $18k in mutual fund assets that I am planning to use for a down payment on a home within the next 1-2 years. Combined cost basis for the assets in question is +$2,800. Right now the asset ...
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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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In a hedge fund, what is a “Partner”?

I will be meeting with representatives of a hedge fund (doing HFT FX trading), one of whom is titled "Partner". In the context of a hedge fund, what is the role of a "Partner"?
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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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How much principal do I get back with a target-maturity ETF?

Can you someone please explain how much principal (or final distribution) I get back when this target-maturity ETF "matures" and makes final distributions (assuming no default)? Assume I own 1 share. ...
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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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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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Why do mutual funds and ETFs in the U.S. not capitalize dividends?

I am from Europe/Belgium and in Europe it is common to have funds and ETFs which capitalize/re-invest instead of distribute the dividends. I have been looking to the Vanguard ETFs and funds lately, ...
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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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Where to find the 5 or 10 year returns for a mutual fund?

I’m researching some mutual funds and am trying to find the 5 or 10 year return. However, all I can find is the YTD return. For example, Yahoo Finance shows the Yacktman Focused Svc (YAFFX) has an ...
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Long term saving: Shares, Savings Account or Fund

I'm reasonably disciplined with regard to saving but am unsure as to how exactly I should go about it on a long term bases. Should I favour shares, funds or long term saving accounts? What are the ...
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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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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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Why doesn't a mutual fund in my 401(k) have a ticker symbol?

For my 401(k), I am trying to diversify while avoiding high expense ratios. Luckily among my investment choices are the Vanguard Target Retirement date funds which have fairly low expense ratios ...
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401(k) Investment stategies

I am a new grad and I just started working for a company. They offered me a 401(k) with a very good matching. So I decided to invest some of my income as I am single. I was taken by surprise by how I ...