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Why invest in managed mutual funds? [duplicate]

As I can see it, nearly no managed mutual funds beat the index over more than 5/10 years. They don't only have to beat the index, they also must get the fees back to outperform the index fund. So why ...
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Do international index funds provide diversification to domestic USA index fund?

Let's examine two exemplary passive index funds. One is international and one is USA domestic. SCHF: Schwab International Equity ETF SPY: SPDR® S&P 500 ETF Does the international index ...
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How to actually invest in an index fund?

I'd like to invest in an index fund. Let's say I am able to read and understand the various documents that each fund provides, so that I can make an informed choice of what I am doing. Let's say that ...
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iShares UK Equity Index Fund rate of change indicator

I read this post before I started investing in index funds. This answer provides really good insights and analysis which I am thinking of following to increase my earnings. I am currently investing ...
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Global Small-Cap Index Fund has an annual average rate of return of 14%?

I'm new to learning about investing so this may sound stupid. But I'm from the UK and I looked up different index funds on the Vanguard UK website. And since its inception (in Jan 2010), the annual ...
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What happens when a stock drops out of the bottom of an index?

Many indexes around the world are the top X stocks on an exchange. What happens when the bottom stock is overtaken by a stock that isn't in the index? Presumably, all of the funds that track that ...
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Does selling index fund shares for the same amount the account grew by reduce the account's value?

I've been thinking about what retirement looks like, and I'm trying to figure something out. Let's say I have a sum invested ($Y) in an index fund that grew by 60k in 12 months, for a total value of $...
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What causes S&P 500 to grow faster than inflation? [closed]

Facts Average annual rate of USA's inflation is ~2% for the past couple of years Average annual return of S&P 500 is 10% Why? Many people suggest to move your money of your bank, which is maybe ...
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What's the international equivalent of the common advice “just invest in an S&P 500 index fund”?

A common theme among advice for new long-term investors is to ignore investments such as actively managed funds, be wary of financial advisers and the products they sell, and instead to just put most ...
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As an individual investor can I buy FSPTX in the UK?

Not much to add here. I was just looking at different index funds and FSPTX caught my attention with its extraordinary performance. I was just wondering if it is possible to buy it in the UK as an ...
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Australian with investments home now living in the UK

I'm an Australian living in the UK. I've been here for about 3 years. Recently, I have moved most of my Australian savings into a Vanguard Index fund in Australia last year. I am planning on staying ...
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Does it make sense to invest Limited Company's cash that does nothing otherwise? (UK)

I am a contractor working in the UK and I own a limited company here. I briefly spoke with an accountancy about investing my company's cash although I haven't followed the topic with them. The answer ...
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Is there any global index to track the performance of CDSs?

Is there any global CDS index (5 years), like MSCI World for equity? For instance, for Europe there is iTraxx Europe, but Markit doesn't have one for world. I was wondering whether there are other ...
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Chinese technology indices

Is there a Chinese stock index comparable to the NASDAQ 100 or NASDAQ Composite covering Chinese technology stocks with the highest market cap? And are there corresponding ETFs or Mutual Funds?
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Are there speculative ETFs analogous to investment funds?

Are there ETFs that bundle up highly speculative investments with high risk/reward profiles? For instance, they might currently include Zambian, Nigerian, Brazilian and Venezuelan bonds; ...
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Is there any way to compare a tracker's interest with an average fixed rate?

I have been paying into a tax free index tracking account for a number of years, the amounts were only occasionally regular and varying in size. I haven't withdrawn anything. I have exported data ...
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Does it make sense to invest in multiple index funds?

The UK based investor here. I haven't found anything under "Multiple index funds" search criteria thus decided to give it a go, if there is already a similar question/answer would love to get a link. ...
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Why did VOO (Vanguard S&P 500 ETF) diverge from the index (and SPY) on June 28, 2018?

The question just about says it all. See the attached chart, in which VOO is darker blue, the index is light blue, and SPY is violet - leading up to June 28th, the 3 moved more or less in lockstep, ...
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What “failure modes” for passive, large index funds?

Is there a way that a passive, large, liquid index fund can completely devalue due to some mechanism (as longs as the stocks it is tracking do not, obviously)? For example, any individual stock can ...
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What stocks do I own from my index funds?

As we know, index funds invest in an "index" of stocks in a particular sector or class. For example, VOO is the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF, and it tracks the S&P 500 stocks and invests in them. ...
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Do the holders of an inverse ETF bear “unlimited” risk

We all know these two things: Inverse ETFs bet against a pool of stocks. This might include short selling the stocks and buying puts. Short selling has a limited upside but an unlimited downside. In ...
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Difference between bond fund and bond index fund

What is the difference between a bond fund and a bond index fund? For example, FIJEX is labeled as a normal bond fund with a gross expense ratio of 0.51% and SWSBX is a bond index fund with a much ...
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When you buy an ETF, do you give cash to the fund manager?

When you buy a stock from the market, you exchange it with someone. When you buy an ETF, do you give the fund manager money so that he can buy more of the assets that the ETF is supposed to mirror, or ...
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Why does the price of the basic (Bull 1x) index ETF fluctuate intra-day?

Why does the price of the ETF fluctuate so much during the day? I'm looking at SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) candle stick chart for the period March-April. Isn't the ETF manager supposed to ...
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Risk of basic (Bull 1x) ETF

Is there any risk associated risk to holding the ETF for short term or for an extended period, apart from the risk that the underlying assets go to zero? In other words, is it more risky than owning a ...
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Why did SPVXSPIT drop 95% in February?

In February 2018, SPVXSPIT (S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures Inverse Daily Index) seems to have dropped about 95%, but after much googling, there does not seem to be any discussion about this. The ...
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What is the difference between LIQUIDATED fund and ACQUIRED fund

There are some funds that show up as "liquidated" when googled, which implies that it closed due to a bad performance. Some funds that show up as "acquired by XYZ (ticker of another stock that's being ...
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Diversification in practice: Choosing a couple of index funds (UK)

I am a newbie investor and just've opened my first trading account although haven't invested in anything yet. I want to invest solely in index funds. In the book "A Random Walk Down Wall Street" at ...
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How far should I go in trying to diversify my portfolio?

I have determined the following ratio for the Equity portion of my investments: 30%: Intl Equity 40%: US large cap 30%: US small and mid cap Now, I have some funds invested in a S&P 500 Index ...
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What happens when you withdraw money from a Vanguard mutual fund?

Say you have $10000 in VTWSX with Vanguard and wish to withdraw $1000 of it. What actually happens when you place this order? Because it's not instantaneous - the shares are sold over the next two ...
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Is Nasdaq stock an ETF?

Newb here. Is https://robinhood.com/stocks/NDAQ an ETF, aka if I buy this, is it a composite index (like QTEC)? Meaning if I buy NDAQ am I really buying a composite index, or am I just investing in ...
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Why do banks give small APR loans

I apologize if this has been asked before.... If you can reasonably expect to profit 6% or more from index funds and there are other ways to make a reasonably safe 6% on the stock market.... Why do ...
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How is the index fund price calculated

I'm very new in this and I'm a bit lost with index funds. I'm checking this out for example http://www.hl.co.uk/funds/fund-discounts,-prices--and--factsheets/search-results/l/legal-and-general-...
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How can so many ETFs tracking the same index coexist?

I understand that different ETFs may cost different amounts of money per share, as you are buying a proportional amount of each company on the index, but why can two ETFs that cost roughly the same ...
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Buying less shares more frequently [closed]

I'm going to university in a few months and was looking to invest any weekly surplus (£50-75) from my student loan into an index fund. Most funds appreciate in value by about 7% a year on average ...
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Are there US domiciled mutual funds that can be purchased using foreign currency?

I'm an American citizen and I own some British pounds that I would like to invest in an international stock market index fund (along the lines of VGTSX). If possible I'd like to purchase the shares ...
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Investing in Hedge Fund on a Rolling Basis

If I invest in any sort of hedge/mutual/index fund when the fund performance is up/down, for ex. +/-20%, and I invest $100k the next day - do I share the 20% loss or gain automatically in a pooled ...
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How do the people who made the index portfolio make money?

I am reading that if you want to start out investing long-term, start with index funds, as they take care of selecting the stocks and diversifying the portfolio, and all I need to do is invest in the ...
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Why are some stocks' movements correlated?

I noticed that stocks often go up and down together, for example I see MSFT goes up 2% and then if I look at Alphabet it's also up at around 1.5% and then if one goes down, the other goes down ...
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How can passive index funds be sustainable at large scale? Won't they affect the indexes they are tracking?

Index funds seem to be gaining popularity these days. So if this trend continues, a sizable amount of investment money might end up in these passive funds. When this happens, won't there be a ...
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Does exchanging funds from a S&P500 index fund into a Russel 3000 index fund at a loss constitute a “wash sale” if losses are claimed?

I converted a 'lot' of my Russel3000 index into an S&P500 index (first time investing in the SPY index) for a capital gain at the end of 2017 (for purposes of tax gain harvesting). A few days ...
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Is it time to rearrange portfolio and put more money in bonds? [closed]

57% of my portfolio is invested in stocks. I am considering rebalancing the portfolio and adding more debt funds to it. How to track the market and decide if its time to sell the stocks or buy more? ...
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Why don’t index-tracking mutual funds corner themselves?

I don't really want to think too much about investments -- just park my surplus money somewhere and be able to come back several years later and see that it has grown. (As this question shows, I'm ...
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Fine-tuning index fund positions

In general, passive mutual funds (as well as ETFs) provide a good way to diversify without keeping track of and/or a large number of separate securities or paying high additional expenses. However, ...
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Why Can't I Invest in a Tax-Loss Harvesting ETF/Fund as an Individual Investor?

The advantages of tax-loss harvesting in index replication are becoming more and more clear. The benefits are small but both significant and consistent and would make a fund that has returns larger ...
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Why does Voya use Vanguard fund names with different prices and no ticker symbols?

I have a Voya 401k account from employer. I've been investing in four funds, three of which (I thought) are "Vanguard" funds. The names are identical to Vanguard funds, but they aren't the same at ...
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How are Vanguard's ETF's returns higher than the index's growth?

I tried comparing Vanguard's ETF returns to the index the ETF is tracking and it looks like their ETF highly outperformed the index? The S&P/ASX 300 index only grew less than 29% total in 5 years,...
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Are social/responsible stock funds pointless? [duplicate]

The ESG funds are becoming more and more popular. (ESG = Environmental, Social and Governance). But I am wondering if it makes sense for stock funds? If you buy a stock fund, the only consequence is ...
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Investment strategy in index funds during the start of the bear market [duplicate]

It's kind of a newbie question but I was preparing to invest in index funds (low-cost index funds) for a while now and I am just thinking what should my strategy look like. As of the day of writing ...
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If I buy an index fund right now, how can I estimate the actual price I'll get at the time of execution?

I'm somewhat inexperienced at investing, though I do have existing money in index funds. One piece I don't fully understand is the delay between order and execution and how I can estimate when ...