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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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129 views

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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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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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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559 views

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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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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455 views

How to determine mutual fund or ETF capital gains taxes in Canada?

I live in Canada. I invest with TD Waterhouse, but I believe my question is unrelated to my specific broker. Over the course of 2011 and 2012, I invested in a mutual fund indexed to the S&P/TSX ...
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How to calculate the total managing/transaction/etc costs of an index ETF and an index mutual funds?

I am considering to passively invest my savings, and I am deciding between an S&P 500 ETF or S&P 500 mutual fund. Yet, I am not sure what to look for in each option and how to calculate the ...
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Mutual Funds Definition and Role

So mutual funds are funds which have exposure to a variety of assets to reduce the risk. But there are mutual fund companies (like BlackRock) in which people can invest into, and they determine a ...
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How do I get a list of the top performing funds between two given dates?

Between dates X and Y return a list of the top performing funds, indexes, ETFs, etc for that date range. i.e. if a lump sum had been invested at date X, a list of which funds had the top performance ...
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171 views

Starting off as an investor

For 2 years I am alternating between 4 months of work and 4 months of school, so for the first time in my life, I have a lot more money than I need. I will be graduating in 15 months and am looking ...
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What are these fees attached to mutual fund FSEMX?

Could somebody please explain these fees attached to FSEMX? Annual Report Expense Ratio (net) Prospectus Net Expense Ratio Prospectus Gross Expense Ratio Finance.yahoo.com indicates that they are ...
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What are short-term fairly liquid investments with attractive yields?

I am looking for fixed-income investments or investment strategy that offer quarterly liquidity and attractive annual effective yields and low risk (i.e. holding the security for a a quarter should ...
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How are active ETFs possible?

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around how it's possible to have these new active ETFs. How do they operate, realistically? I mean, the point of ETFs (as a structure) is that arbitrageurs can ...
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265 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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Wash sale rule + Mutual Funds/ETFs?

According to IRS rules, you can't sell a security, take a capital loss on your taxes, and then buy back the same or a "substantially identical" security within 30 days. However, "substantially ...
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Run for the Gold!! Which one though?

There are many gold based ETFs, let's take GLD and IAN for this example. GLD trades approximately at $160 IAN approximately at $16 If you compare the performances of the two in the past weeks, ...
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Are there any funds tracking INDEXDJX:REIT?

I'm looking to get into real estate, and topic index seems promising on a 5-10 year scale. Are there any ETFs, or mutual fund products offering to track this index?
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Dividends and tax withholding for ETF vs Mutual Fund for U.S. Non-Resident Alien?

I'm a non-US resident alien, considering to invest in either commission-free ETFs and Mutual Funds offered by TD Ameritrade. According to The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, certain type of ...
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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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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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Should I sell when my stocks are growing?

I have a collection of stock that on average have grown 8% in the last few months. Should I sell now? This is a normal account, meaning tax is of no help. I never understand why people sell while ...
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Why are ETF MERs lower than mutual fund MERs?

Why are exchange traded fund (ETF) management expense ratios (MERs) lower than mutual fund MERs?
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Regular contribution threshold for ETF vs Index Mutual Fund?

I've seen enough info out there comparing lump-sum investments into ETFs vs mutual funds with respect to broker commissions in the case of ETFs, and the discrepancy between MERs between the two. In ...
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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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Are TD e-Series Funds worthwhile, or am I better off with ETFs? Why or why not?

I'm looking at e-Series funds offered by TD. They have low MERs and seem to offer a good low cost alternative to traditional mutual funds. What do you guys think? Am I better off with ETFs? Why ...