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Questions tagged [index-fund]

to be used for any questions related to Index funds. The question should clearly state the Index in question [Nasdaq,LSE] or the fund house in question. If the question is generic with the intention to understand how the funds work, then a specific example should be quoted to get a better answer.

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How do Vanguard LifeStrategy 60 Inc units generate a yield when all the sub-funds are Acc units?

According to Vanguard's portfolio information for Lifestrategy 60 Inc units, the sub-funds of which it's made up are entirely Acc units (with the exception of an inconsequential 0.0% in a distributing ...
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Cash Component in Index

In one of the office discussions today, it came up that index, for example, can have cash also. This information was new to me and I couldn't understand why an Index will have cash? Could someone ...
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ETF asterisk clause meaning

I'm choosing an ETF, and reading this KII document, I'm not sure what this sentence means. Can anybody expand this language with an example? Is this typical for an ETF? To the extent the Fund ...
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Bloomberg Ticker from Index ISIN and Index Key

Is there a way to find the Bloomberg Ticker for an Index given the Index ISIN and Index Key?
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Is every active fund bad?

My father (who actually is in banking) recommended me an active fond (https://www.finanzen.net/fonds/deka-globalchampions) in which I invest since some quite some time monthly as long-term investment. ...
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Why is it a good idea to invest only in a Roth IRA or a no-load mutual fund invested in an indexed fund of the Dow or S&P 500?

Basing this question on this answer from a popular Quora writer: This is just a matter of simple math. Saving accounts earn less than 1% per year. CDs usually pay less than 2.75% per year....
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What is the minimum time an S&P 500 index fund should be given before selling?

I invested $44,449 in an S&P500 index fund over a period of 15 months. Its current market value is $43,596. As someone who has adopted the buy and hold strategy, how long should I wait before ...
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MSCI Total Return Net USA Index?

Looking at Xtrackers MSCI USA UCITS ETF fund. Under "Index Description" it says: "The MSCI Total Return Net USA Index which is designed to reflect the performance of the shares of certain companies ...
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How exactly does a broad-market ETF work?

So it's obvious that a broad-market ETF attempts to imitate the performance of the whole stock market, but what I still don't understand is how it works and exactly what you are investing in when you ...
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Reason for Index Fund and Index Disconnect

My understanding of index funds like QQQ and SPY, is that they are built to mirror the index movements from which they are created. And as is typically the case, the index funds move with the index ...
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How can I get my mother to get to minimally understand the advantages of index investing?

She has a very long investing horizon (several decades according to actuarial life table), so index investing would be perfect for her. I'd like her to read "Little Book of Common Sense Investing" and ...
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How are ETF prices calculated after the market is closed

For example: Because the NASDAQ: DAX is tracking the index INDEXDB: DAX should its trading value be completely flat when the market the markets are open in the US, but closed in Germany? I'm not ...
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Investing in S&P500 Index Fund from India

I am an Indian Citizen residing in India. Can I invest in an S&P500 Index fund while residing in India?
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Should returns from my S&P Index fund (SWPPX) match the S&P 500 index?

I have been purchasing ~ $300 worth of SWPPX twice per month since March 2015. My annualized return appears to be 8.22%. I used the annual returns for the S&P500 from here: https://ycharts.com/...
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Vanguard CRSP total index versus a value and growth combination of the same index?

I am currently researching Vanguard Mid-Cap and Vanguard Small-Cap indexes. The methodology for inclusion in these indexes is outlined in the CRSP Methodology Guide. According to the guide, inclusion ...
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ETF annual expense ratio: how to calculate on a portfolio?

I'm building a portfolio on Excel that includes the following data: price at purchase number of shares commission/fees current price How should I calculate the impact of the Annual Expense Ratio to ...
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How do you find an index fund’s tracking error?

Where do you find, or how do you calculate, the tracking error for an index fund? Every guide I've read about index funds mentions tracking error (the difference between the fund's return and the ...
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Keep or sell my index funds?

I am a newbie investor in general and I bought index funds a few months ago and I contribute regularly. I've read that many advise keeping index funds even during depression or bear markets and ...
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How come none of the VIX ETFs track the index exactly? [duplicate]

For example the VXX ETF (https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/VXX) does not track the index exactly (https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/%5EVIX/)
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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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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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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-...