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Value of Index Funds Related to Dollar Creation

I read this article this morning. While I believe the United State economy will remain strong, it did introduce a question for me. In the off-chance that hyper-inflation (or extreme deflation) happens,...
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Advice: Diversify my retirement investments with a Roth IRA

I am new to investing, and also late to the game (34 yrs old), so I'm trying to make the most financially intelligent decisions I can. I'm starting a Roth IRA at the moment, and funding it with this ...
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What are the major advantages of actively managed mutual funds over index funds? [duplicate]

This article from The Motley Fool provides insight on the average performance of actively managed mutual funds from ~5 years ago: Growth fund managers fared even worse, with just 6% of growth funds ...
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Is there non taxable investment account (like UK ISA) equivalent in Switzerland? How does one make tax-efficient Swiss investments?

While we were living in the UK, we were using our extra money to invest in index funds via ISA accounts. On these specific accounts, you do not pay Captial Gain Tax and they are excellent for long ...
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Should I transition to index funds now, or wait?

When I started investing, I made the mistake of trying to pick individual stocks and actively managed funds. I now believe that low-cost, passive total market index funds are the best strategy for me ...
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How Should I invest $20K? [closed]

I came by some cash a year ago, so I put $20,000 in a Certificate of Deposit which will end this weekend (at about $20.5K). Now I'm wondering what to do with it. I don't really know much about ...
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Is there a way to add money to my Roth IRA index fund ONLY if they can buy it at or below a certain price?

Is there a way to add money to my Roth IRA index fund ONLY if they can buy it at or below a certain price? Specifically Vanguard VTSAX since I already have met the minimum requirement (I don't have ...
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How to find index funds that contain specific stock?

Is there a process that would let you look for index funds that contain specific stock. Like, find index funds that contain Alphabet NASDAQ: GOOGL. I know how to do it manually - you just go to ...
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If I buy index funds that are measured in foreign currency, am I not speculating?

I live in Germany and have invested into the S&P500 over the last couple years. Just now for some reason I am wondering if I am not speculating over the exchange ratio of euros and dollars. My ...
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What exactly does an ETF do when a company is added or removed from an index?

Suppose an index is changed in so far as Company A is removed and Company B is added. Are these changes reflected immediately in an ETF reflecting said index? I suppose that when an AP creates ETF "...
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What would happen to my investment in a fund if the managing bank collapsed?

Based on advice in a book I've been reading (Investing Demystified), I've put a lot of my money in an 'all world' index fund, managed by HSBC. This is based on the premise that an all world fund is ...
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Currency risk with a good index, or bad index with no currency risk

I understand that usually is not a good idea to allocate the majority of your assets in international investments due to currency risk. Still, when I look at the Euro Stoxx 50 it seems that it's far ...
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Vanguard S&P500 vs Vanguard U.S. Equity Index Fund

I was looking at Vanguard funds and ETF's and I can't figure out why performance(compound average return 2012-2019) of U.S. Equity Index Fund - Accumulation is better than S&P 500 UCITS ETF (VUSA)....
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Are index fund expense ratios “priced in”?

I'm coming from a Robinhood "day trading" mentality, so I'm used to public advantages being "priced in", more or less. It seems like many people pick index funds based on their expense ratio. I would ...
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Consequences with liquidity issues for an index fund or ETF?

In the media in recent months, there were mentions of liquidity risk of index funds and ETFs (sparked by some statements by Michael Burry). My question is if there is a mass sell off by the public of ...
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Index fund's assets actual owner

Let's suppose you buy a index fund issued by some financial firm. In that case, who is the actual owner of the fund's underlying shares, you or the financial firm? In case of the answer to the above ...
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Why does CAD-hedged S&P 500 ETF suddenly not track to actual index

At the time of posting this question, the BlackRock ETF XSP is down approximately 1.3% during the period Dec 24 9:30 am - Dec 31 10:30 am, while the actual index is down approximately 0.3% during the ...
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How to interpret returns on index funds

I don't quite understand how investing into index funds works, or how to interpret the average historical returns. Let's say that, 10 years ago, I decided to invest $30,000 dollars at the end of each ...
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How might ETFs accelerate a “crash” [closed]

I am editing my question to pose the inquiries first in order to hopefully emphasize their objective, rather than subjective nature upfront. Here is my question: Am I correctly understanding the ...
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What is this apparent discrepancy between MorningStar and MSCI

I've been trying to work out what roughly what the performance of a global equity index fund has been over the last 10 years. Looking on Morningstar I noticed that they have a benchmark index for ...
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How can you know which index is tracked by a specific index fund?

Looking at this Vanguard UK index fund (short-term investment grade bonds). It says: The Fund seeks to provide returns consistent with the performance of the index,[...] How can I know which ...
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Clarification about ETFs and Index Funds with regards to sell operations [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand the difference ETFs and index funds in terms of selling them (if you want to get rid off them quickly for any reason). As far as I understand, if you want to sell an index ...
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Safety about investing through a broker like Degiro

I'm really new to investing. I don't believe in pension and support from the government that much, so I took things in my own hands. I started off from this blogpost and landed on JL Collins' blog ...
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Does it make more sense to purchase VTI or VUN?

I live in Canada. VTI and VUN are both US total market index funds through Vanguard. VTI is the American version, VUN is the Canadian version. VTI has an MER of 0.04% but the dividends are subject to ...
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Will Future Recessions be Prevented by the Large Amount of Passive Index Funds and ETFs?

According to this article from CNBC: Passive investing, made up of funds tracking market barometers, has now taken over nearly half the stock market as more investors shun stock-pickers and flock ...
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How can I know the true growth rate of index funds over a given interval? [closed]

There are many quotes flying around on the internet about the profitability of index funds. But is there a tool that would allow me to select an index fund, a purchase date and a sale date to ...
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During a day, when does a mutual fund buys (or sell) the underlying stocks?

An index mutual fund holds shares weighted by the components in the underlying index. Suppose one day, the fund has to net buy $1 million worth of shares (current owners request the sale of $2 ...
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Should I invest in the US or India markets?

If I had $1000 to invest, am I better off investing it in the US, in India, or a mix of the two? I am an Indian citizen working in the US, with the option of investing in US index funds or sending ...
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How often do the S&P 500 components change?

And do index funds such as SPY and VOO usually rebalance immediately to reflect the change?
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Does investing in the S&P 500 for 3 years yield better yearly returns than investing for 15 years?

I know that my logic is missing something crucial as I always assumed that the longer you leave your money for the closer it approaches to the long term average return. I was just reading this ...
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Check benefits lost in currency exchange in an ETF that tracks a foreign index

Given an ETF or index fund that tracks a foreign index but is offered in your country's currency, how can you know how much money is the ETF/Fund management taking when exchanging currencies? For ...
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What's the difference between a fund and a security?

I have always used the terms synonymously but I think there is technically a different between the two. For example, given two seemingly similar assets, one is classified a security and the other a ...
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Understanding the past growth of an ETF

I'm trying to understand the grow of an ETF (Vanguard VOO) over the past year. I have checked both the Vanguard web page and Google, for the same ETF, and they show massive different growths. In ...
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Balanced index fund that tracks S&P 500

I'm looking in Vanguard some balanced (stocks + bonds) index fund / ETF that tracks the S&P 500 but the only thing I've found is: VFINX: https://investor.vanguard.com/mutual-funds/profile/VFINX ...
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How to compare different stock indexes?

I'm trying to understand how to measure the growth of a particular stock index over a certain period of time, e.g. 5 years. As far as I understand, for calculating the total growth, you need to do ((...
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How many index funds should I invest in?

I'm new to investing and I recently opened a Roth IRA. I know that index funds are a good choice for investing because they have low expense ratios and are diversified. Also, because track a whole ...
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S&P 500 vs DJIA

I have seen that Vanguard no longer has index funds that track the DJIA, but the S&P 500. Is this because it no longer makes sense to track the DJIA? If so, why?
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25 Year old investing in a Index Fund, questions and where to find info and advice?

I'm a 25 year old with approximately £14k in savings and am completely new to investing. I'm also quite risk averse as I'm doing PhD and will be for the next three years, so can't really afford to ...
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Why do some mutual funds or indexes have an average effective maturity that is way larger (2-4 times larger) than the average effective duration?

I would like to know if this difference occurs when the coupon payments are very large and/or if there are other reasons.
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Reasons for country-local investment

I noticed something odd: Whenever people talk about investing in stocks or even when they talk about investing in ETFs, they talk about companies in their own country. I'm thinking about buying index ...
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If most actively managed funds don't beat the index why not choose the opposites?

This is probably a dumb question and I'm likely missing something obvious but here's my reasoning-- where am I going off the rails? 1) Most actively managed funds do not beat the stock market index ...
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Do physical ETFs possess the same problems as CDOs?

Today Michael Burry explained to Bloomberg that ETFs are comparible to subprime CDOs, in that investors are buying securities that aren't backed by any real value: Passive investing has removed ...
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American investing in the FTSE 100

Let's say I want to place a bet on the success of an economically independent England. How would an American investor go about buying into the FTSE 100 (or similar) through ETrade, Vanguard, or ...
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Index funds and finite supply of stock

As more money pours into index funds, those index funds need to purchase more shares of stock which are part of the index being tracked. Is it possible that an index fund will be unable to track an ...
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How do index funds with such different stock/bond distributions have such similar returns?

The Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 Fund (VTTVX) says it has approx. 65% of assets in stock and 35% in bonds and had a YTD return of 12.46% (As of 8/30/19) The Vanguard Target Retirement 2055 Fund (...
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Index funds vs 3 funds financial products for long-term investment / retirement

Some company is trying to sell me financial products where there are 3 funds: Apologies that it's in German. Rough translations: Left one: This fund secures the selected guarantee. Center one: This ...
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Do index funds really have double-digit percents annual return rates?

For the first time in my life I'm looking into where to put my money and I came across index funds. I find it very suspicious that: whatever index fund I come across, the history never goes back to ...
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Why are some managed funds' fees larger than their ETFs fees

In Australia vanguard offers the LifeStrategy® Balanced Fund (a blend of bonds, shares and so on), it has a management fee of 0.9% per year for the first 50,000$, 0.6% for up to 100,000$ and 0.29% ...
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How much are index providers accountable to their clients?

Criticism on index providers: The increasing influence of indices means that some critics argue that benchmark providers such as MSCI are too powerful, given that promotions or relegations can ...
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What compounding frequency should I choose for this retirement calculator if I invest not in bonds, but in S&P500

I am trying to use a retirement savings/investment calculator using this: https://www.getsmarteraboutmoney.ca/calculators/compound-interest-calculator/ I chose initial investment of $1500, monthly ...

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