When I was living in the US I've started investing into the Vanguard 500 Index Fund. However, now I'm back in Europe and are looking for similar index funds that are tracking S&P 500.

Does anyone know what the best trackers are? Are there any significant differences between them or can I just choose any?

I found for example this one: db x-trackers S&P 500 Euro Hedged Index UCITS ETF

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    I'm not sure specific fund recommendations are on-topic here, per the FAQ, but furthermore, what do you mean by "best"? Lowest expense ratio, lowest share price/NAV, etc.? iShares offers one such fund with an expense ratio of 0.45%, while RBS offers one with an ER of 0.30%. Both claim to track the S&P500 Euro Hedged Index, but hedging differences may contribute to the different expense ratios. – John Bensin Jun 2 '13 at 22:12
  • So I guess the difference in the expense ration e.g. compared to VOO (only 0.05%) comes from the hedging against the EUR? – Roberto Fugazza Jun 2 '13 at 22:17
  • That's definitely part of it. Vanguard also has lower expense ratios than many other fund companies, even when currency hedging isn't involved (take Fidelity's S&P 500 index fund; it's ER is 0.10%). Since currency hedging may rely on OTC instruments, I don't know the details of the funds' respective hedging strategies. I answered your other question with some details on hedging, but that's about as specific as my knowledge of what these funds are doing gets. – John Bensin Jun 2 '13 at 22:34

Vanguard now has a S&P 500 tracking ETF based in Ireland that may meet your needs.

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