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How is the average return rate of the S&P 500 annual return calculated?

I am trying to understand where the famous average return rate of about 10% of the S&P 500 comes from. In most conversations, the usual starting date is on 1965. Its averaging closing value at ...
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What is the unhedged version of VBU?

I know I should be able to find this, but I don’t see it listed anywhere online. I want to find the Canadian version of Vanguard’s total US Bond index (BND), I see VBU but this is hedged against the ...
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Finding brokers to invest in US index funds that support iraq

I live in iraq and i would like to invest in US index funds.looking at the popular brokers like robinhood and vanguard they state that they don't support investing from my country.Googling for iraqi ...
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Does FoF mutual fund have higher net expense ratio than advertised? [closed]

I am looking at 2 funds. One is ETF which tracks an index. Another is Mutual Fund which invests only in the earlier ETF. Mirae Asset FANG+ Index ETF FoF MF: https://groww.in/mutual-funds/mirae-asset-...
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Do I understand correctly that while index funds (based on S&P or Dow Jones) generally go up, it might take a decade?

This is probably a simple question, but I don't know much about investing, so here goes: Some time ago, though I can't find it again now, I read a couple of responses on this site saying that these ...
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How to buy bond index funds only when they are mostly composed by higher interest rate (%) bonds

Vanguard states that their index funds are re-balanced every 4 months or when the management (exceptionally) considers it necessary. I imagine the FED raising rates several times during 2022 and 2023 ...
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Consequences of liquidity crisis to passive ETFs to a buy-and-hold investor

Various sources raise the risk faced by passive investing ETFs, such as index funds, in the event of a liquidity crisis. One such example is the Investopedia article Why Passive ETFs Face Big Risks in ...
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Are inflation protected bond funds a hedge against rate hikes?

Generally speaking, I'm a buy and hold index fund investor, with a long-term time horizon (20+ years). I currently keep ~12% of my account in intermediate-term bond funds. I don't usually make big ...
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Within a single year, when is the optimal time to contribute to an IRA?

Should I be making my maximum allowable IRA contributions as early as possible in the year (for instance, Jan 1st 2023 for the 2023 contribution), or as late as possible in the year (for instance, ...
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I realized I am too stupid to buy individual stocks, should I use "robo-advisor" consulting?

First the facts: I opened a Swissquote account in mid 2018 (a broker similar to Robinhood in the US). My balance today: loss of -1'500 CHF, with a total investment of 26'000 francs. Especially the ...
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What's the difference between a conventional index mutual fund and a non-conventional index mutual fund?

I read the term "conventional index mutual funds" in several places. E.g., https://investor.vanguard.com/etf/faqs: Similar to conventional index mutual funds, most ETFs try to track an ...
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Invest 100k in the Short Term Until It Could be Used to Buy an Investment Real Estate Property

I have a little more than 100k in my savings account. I have been keeping (and accumulating) that money in the savings account hoping to invest it in some kind of an asset (real estate etc.). However, ...
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UK: is it possible to buy Vanguard Growth Index Funds (VGIX)? [closed]

Is it possible to invest in the Vanguard growth index funds if you're based in the UK? Either directly with Vanguard or via a broker. I asked Charles Stanley but they don't do it. Thanks
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How to evaluate an index? (other than PE based approach)

I am looking to invest in passive funds. In India there are least 5 popular indexes (Nifty 50, Nifty Next 50, Nifty MidCap 50, Nifty MidCap 100, etc.,). I am trying to find the most undervalued index ...
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Investing in funds via broker, funds in brokers name not mine

As the question states. I am considering investing in funds via a local broker who has quite a good reputation. It was pointed out to me that the funds, eg. BlackRock, would have no record of my name. ...
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Should I enable trading?

While looking for Vanguard 500 Index Fund Admiral Shares (VFIAX) on IBKR I landed at: And the Enable Trading at the bottom caught my attention. Do we negotiate this in a different way than i.e. VOO ...
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How is "beta" relevant to long-term ETF investors?

A portion of my investment portfolio is in index-tracking ETFs. On the whole, my ETF portfolio is diversified across many countries and industries. I intend to hold these ETFs for 20-40 years. I ...
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How do I choose one fund over another if "past performance does not indicate future performance"?

I want to grow my capital by investing in funds (e.g. exchange-traded funds, mutual funds). However, I always see this disclaimer: "past performance does not indicate future performance" (or ...
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S&P 500 constituent holdings not proportional to market cap?

The S&P 500 is a float-adjusted market cap weighted index. As of July 16 2021, the 2 top holdings are AAPL at 6.27% and MSFT at 5.78%, a ratio of 1.09. However the ratio of their market cap is ...
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Meaning of "excluding components of the S&P 500" in description of Fidelity Extended Market Index Fund

Under the Additional Disclosures heading of the fund overview for the Fidelity Extended Market Index Fund it states: This description is only intended to provide a brief overview of the mutual fund. ...
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What are the risk types for a large amount of savings in an index fund

I'm curious what are the possible things that can go wrong with storing half of savings in a single index fund. Specifically, I mean things other than the market going down - these are long term ...
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Index or fund that closely tracks residential properties in the UK

Rather than buying property in the UK, are there indices or funds that closely follow house price growth/loss in the UK? Property developers tend to have their own growth patterns. My problem is I won'...
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Comparison of expected returns from index funds and single shares

I shall start by saying I know little about markets, investing or gambling, but I do know a little bit about probability. This question is prompted by comments to this question, such as "As a ...
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Why wouldn’t I invest in NYSE:UPRO over something like NYSE:IVV? [duplicate]

I recently came across this 3x leveraged etf of the S&P 500 (NYSE:UPRO). I understand that it’s a risky investment, but I still see way more reason to buy it over any other thing that tracks the S&...
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Is this a 'trust fund scam'?

A week ago i received an email from an old lady (i actually submitted an ad on a site to find penpals), it seemed okay at first, she said that she had no children or relatives, and her husband was ...
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Diversification vs VTSAX

What advantage do I gain by holding a mix of mutual funds over just VTSAX? One oughtn't put all one's eggs in one basket. One mitigates risk by holding multiple distinct asset classes in multiple ...
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How are investments distributed across an index?

Let's say an individual invests a sum of money on an index, say, through Vanguard (e.g. VFIAX or VTSAX): How does the allocation of this investment get distributed across shares of the companies in ...
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Is buying an index ETF which contains my company insider trading?

I work for company C and in my contract I have information that I can't buy any company stocks, because it will be insider trading. However, there is an ETF which tracks an index 1:1 to which my ...
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When does the buying happen after inclusion in S&P500?

As I understand it, inclusion of a company in the S&P500 means all ETFs that track the S&P, and some of their derivatives, must buy stock in that company. I would expect this to be a ...
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How best to maximise the compounding effect of vanguard investing platform?

I have recently put 2K into the vanguard life strategy 100% fund, which is a pre diversified fund of funds. I also drip feed this account monthly. Now I’m putting another 2K from savings into vanguard ...
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Do Total Market funds include all market capitalizations?

Building up my IRA and one of the funds I want to use is FSKAX. When I was looking at its composition, it says its a "Large Blend" and that 99.11% of its portfolio invest in companies with a ...
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Which of SPY, FXAIX, VOO, IVV can get the most return over the long run?

I gathered the following data from Yahoo Finance's Historical Data. I didn't start from March 3, 2011 because the Yahoo could not provide data for March 2011 for one of the ETF or Fund, so I used June ...
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Why invest in an index fund? [duplicate]

I want to start investing in the stock market (I am 26) and I am a bit confused about the advantages of index funds (I am sorry if my questions are very basics, but I just started learning about this)....
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How does a fund's expense ratio work?

There are several posts here but I cannot wrap my mind around it. Suppose a fund has an expense ratio of 0.055%, as I understand it that means $55 per $1000. Where do the expenses come from? Is every ...
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Are distributing ETFs always better than accumulating ones?

I am trying to decide between investing in a distributing ETF or an accumulating ETF and to me the distributing ETF seems clearly to be the better option. Since so many people invest also in ...
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Is investing in index futures better than investing in index funds? [duplicate]

Given that futures price is equal to S*e^(rt), it is possible to create a synthetic investment into an index by: entering into an index future for the amount of money which are planned to be invested ...
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Can it hypothetically happen that s&p 500 falls to its early 1990s level? Risks of long-term investment [closed]

Many people advise that one should invest money in indexes like the S&P 500 because they always grow in the long term. Is it possible that the S&P 500 could fall to its early 1990s level? ...
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Why is the expense ratio of an index fund sometimes higher than its equivalent ETF?

Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund Investor Shares (VTSMX)'s expense ratio is 0.14% whereas VTI, its equivalent ETF, has an expense ratio of 0.03%. Why is the expense ratio of an index fund ...
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Why contribute monthly to an IRA rather than a brokerage account?

Hypothetically, if I had a long term investment in mind (let's use FNCMX) that I believed would perform well enough annually to allow me to retire at an early age, (call it 40 years old) what ...
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Why did this index fund jump almost 20,000% in 2017?

I am looking at Vanguard Pacific ex-Japan Stock Index Fund GBP Dist (0P0000KM1Z.L) on Yahoo Finance. Between 2017-12-24 and 2017-12-31 it jumped from £200 to £20,376. What would have caused such a ...
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Is it wise to keep some savings in a cash account to protect against a long term market crash?

My wife and I have half our savings in a low risk diversified account (WealthFront - mostly bonds, some stocks). We have the other half in a high interest cash savings account (0.35% interest). Our ...
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Is there a study on profitability of broadly diversified indexed portfolios using dollar-cost averaging?

This topic has been discussed a lot (see e.g. Why isn't everybody rich?, What if You Only Invested at Market Peaks? and Stock market long term risk). There seems to be the conclusion that investing in ...
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How can one lose money with VTI? [duplicate]

I am 26 and beginning to learn about investing. I currently have no investments other than some schemes through my employer, which I've already maxed-out. I've read that VTI is a long-term, low-risk ...
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Investing in index fund vs. investing to large-cap companies directly [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand the upsides/downsides of investing to an index fund vs. investing directly to stocks of some best-known and well-established large-cap companies. Every single article on ...
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Do income/distributing index funds (Vanguard specifically) invest their dividends until they are being paid out

Take those two for instance: https://www.vanguardinvestor.co.uk/investments/vanguard-ftse-developed-world-ex-uk-equity-index-fund-gbp-inc/distributions https://www.vanguardinvestor.co.uk/investments/...
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Why are there no index tracker funds for frontier markets?

I am relatively new to investing (using Hargreaves Lansdown) and have built a portfolio of low cost index tracker funds. Given my age (27) I have opted for more risky assets (i.e. my portfolio is ...
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Is investing this lump sum in one of these two funds for the next 5 years a wise decision?

I'm going to be retiring from my career soon, and as well as receiving my pension, I have also qualified for a lump sum of just over £200,000, which I will receive around January 2021. I won't ...
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Is there a limit to the effectiveness of dollar-cost averaging when dividing up purchasing events? [duplicate]

If buying $12,000 worth of low-cost index funds, let's say that I buy $1000 per month for a year, instead of buying $12,000 all at once. From what I understand, this makes it more likely to improve ...
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If a sector is projected to well in the future, does it make sense to invest in an ETF of that sector?

For example solar energy and uranium seems to be projected to grow a lot in the future. Would it make sense to find index funds that track solar energy companies or uranium mining companies and invest ...
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Understanding performance of an index fund

I am trying to understand how to interpret the performance of an index fund. I have two views of the same TDB911 fund. The view in TD WebBroker (investing interface) shows that at the beginning of a ...
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