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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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Do index funds sell their stocks when the offer is very good?

A majority owners of a company did some actions that the Financial and Capital Market Commission found sketchy. They ended up with an agreement: owners had to make a good offer (more than +50% ...
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Where can I invest into S&P500 without leverage

I was willing to invest into S&P500 index but cannot find any platform without a huge leverage (for example iqOption, plus500 have leverage of 1:20 which makes usually safe investment become ...
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Is there a total stock market index fund in India, like the one offered by Vanguard in the US?

I have been reading 'The simple path to wealth' by Jim Collins which advances the indexing philosophy to investment. The issue is that the book is written from the perspective of a US citizen, and ...
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Index Backed Short

If I have $200,000 in an index fund that mirrors the S&P 500, then I own the equivalent of 4+ thousand dollars in multiple high capitalization stocks. If I think that one of those stocks I already ...
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Are there any mostly-passive funds that become active after stock market crashes?

I am thinking of the following scenario: Expansion, index with low fees After a market crash, lever up and buys equities Does there exist a fund which follows this strategy? Preferably an ETF?
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Should I take money from my beneficiary IRA to invest in index funds?

My father passed a few years ago and left me two beneficiary IRAs. I take my minimum distributions from them once a year ($1000-2000 distributions). I'm in my late 20s and want to invest in index ...
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Why is it hard to find a list of individuals currently on the S&P 500 Index Committee?

All I've managed to find is that David Blitzer is the Chairman, but can't seem to be able to know who are the others, how many, from what industries, how they get elected, etc. Just trying to map out ...
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Can index ETF providers decide CEO of all S&P 500 companies?

Just curious, if so many people buy index funds, then the largest direct shareholders of those S&P 500 companies have to be these firms (e.g. BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street, Invesco and Charles ...
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How are percentage of investments decided in index fund like VTSAX?

I see that Portfolio composition - has about 20% technology, 19% financials etc - and there is similar composition for companies. This is a general question for index funds - specific example for ...
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I have some savings want to invest in index fund but worried about recession in 2019/2020

I have a dilemma. Should I go all in and invest my savings in Vanguard indexes such as VTSAX? Or should I play it safe and wait for a recession? The market recovered from the December 2018 drop so ...
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How does ETF price actually track index price?

Imagine S&P goes -5% and so, technically, should VOO. But VOO is a stock itself - subject to supply and demand. The market could just happen to demand many VOOs and push its price up. Why doesn't ...
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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 ...