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Do ETF managers charge management fees on top of transaction fees?

I see that ETFs do work very similar to diversification of individual stocks following either an industry or an index. I am thinking of changing my strategy to reduce my cost of investing which at ...
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Can you recommend a trading service or a place that ranks them?

I'm looking for a trading service(s) -- a service that recommends stocks and ETFs for shorter term trades, from "day trades" to several month trades -- that has a good track record, and ideally even ...
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Is investing in an ETF generally your best option after establishing a Roth IRA?

It seems that many people recommend investing in an ETF when you just start out with a Roth IRA at a very early age. I was wondering why this is so, and if there are some better or complimentary ...
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Roth IRA - Vanguard or Fidelity? If a college student had to pick one?

These are the only two options I will consider at this point, since I was in a very indecisive state, but have managed to narrow it down to these two. It seems that mostly everybody is recommending ...
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Good instruments to use for options on S&P500 and DJIA indexes?

What are some good (largest popular) instruments/ETFs to use when buying options on the S&P500 and DJIA? By good I mean have very good liquidity, even when buying/selling further from the money, ...
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Do ETF dividends make up for fees?

Do ETF dividends generally make up for the fees of the ETF? For example, lets use QQQ.
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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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Is it possible to buy commodity ETFs (e.g. silver) through Questrade?

Is there a way to buy a silver ETF through Questrade? Or do they offer only mutual funds?
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What happens to an ETF if one of the companies in the ETF gets aquired?

I own junior gold miners ETF - GDXJ. If one of the mining companies in the ETF gets bought by a bigger miner, what happens to the ETF? Does it go up? Do ETF investors get some kind of cash in terms ...
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What ETF or other security tracks closest to 30 year mortgage rates?

Is there any ETF, fund, security that closely tracks 30 year mortgage rates in the USA?
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How to consider stock splits with respect to ETFs? Any different than for regular shares?

"Splits are used to increase the availability of shares on the market." I am unsure about this statement because you can increase the availability of shares through third-party funds like with ...
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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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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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Are dividends paid by REIT ETFs considered "qualified" dividends?

Are dividends paid by an ETF that invests in REITs taxed at the "qualified" dividend rate (typically, 15% vs. the ordinary income tax rate)? (If I recall correctly, REITs are not subject to double ...
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Which online services offer logarithmic charts for equities such as index funds and ETFs?

The way Google Finance does the logarithmic representation is more a cry to absurdism, rather than logarithmic. So which services offer the logarithmic valuations, not just a bit axis moving? And it ...
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For higher returns, put money in fewer or more ETFs? w/rebalancing in the equation

I'm evaluating my long-term investing strategy. I am somewhat aggressive and want to stick with ETFs. Scenario A 60% Vanguard S&P 500 Index ETF (VOO) 40% Vanguard FTSE All-World Ex-U.S. ETF (VEU)...
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I would like to publicly share the details of my investment portfolio. What websites add value in this regard?

I want to have the ability to share the details of my holdings and have a website track the return over time while making this information 100% public to anyone who may be interested. What websites ...
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What is the least-bad way to invest a Simple IRA with heavy fees around every corner?

Given the following situation: an employer-offered "Simple IRA" run by a major brokerage with 1% gross pay matching; No near-future feasible opportunity to invest the Simple IRA contribution in a no-...
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Where to find out conversion ratio between General Motors bonds and new GM stock?

I bought some General Motors bonds (ETF-traded under "XGM" symbol) when they were at depressed prices, before GM declared bankruptcy. GM is supposed to be having an IPO sometime in November, and ...
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Using P/E Ratio of an ETF to decide on asset mix

I am a conservative investor with an asset mix of around 50% bonds/cash and 50% stock via large index ETFs. Recently I've been thinking about settling down on a non-emotional way to decide whether ...
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What kinds of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) should specifically be avoided?

This is related to my other question. There, I was asking what exchange traded funds I should consider for inclusion in my retirement portfolio. That got me thinking: What kinds of exchange-traded ...
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What's an Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)?

I've been hearing a lot about exchange-traded funds, or ETFs. What exactly are they, and how would I use them?
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How to report "short term capital gains distribution" to IRS

I am writing Sch D software and researching the proper way to report certain capital gains distributions from leveraged EFTs, for example TYH. These distributions are reported as "short term", see ...
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How does a leveraged ETF track commodity prices?

Does anyone know how etfs track metals markets? I had a position yesterday in silver and when the metal dropped a dollar or so within a few minutes and then recovered, the index does not seem to have ...
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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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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. They ...
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How to buy Greek bonds either directly or via ETF?

Is there an online brokerage, for UK citizens, that provides access to Greek bonds? Interactive Brokers doesn't. Alternatively, are there other assets (say ETFs) that have a percentage invested in ...
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Are bond ETF capital gains taxed similar to stock or stock funds if held for more than 1 year?

Are gains on bond ETFs held for more than one year taxed at a lower rate, similar to stocks and funds holding stocks? I'm referring to the change in price of the fund, not dividends.
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Where can you find historical PEs of US indices?

Indices tracking ETFs * DIAMONDS Trust I (ticker: DIA) tracks DJIA * SPDRs (ticker: SPY) tracks S&P 500 * NASDAQ 100 Trust (ticker: QQQQ) tracks NASDAQ 100 * iShares Russell 2000 (ticker: IWM) ...

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