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Options to invest after maxing IRA

My company offers a Simple IRA where they match 3% to what I put. I can only put in a max of $16,000 per year. The good problem that I have now, is that I have way much more money still left even ...
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Is it better, financially, to invest in a property or in ETFs?

I need a bit of a help deciding if it's better to invest in a property or ETFs. I have currently saved up a decent sum of money and I'm looking to invest it wisely. I'm 27, if that matters. Option 1: ...
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Why would a passive investor buy anything other than the market portfolio + risk free assets?

It's frequently said that you should buy a "high-risk" portfolio with lots of stocks when you are young, and then move into "low-risk" portfolio with lots of bonds when you are older, essentially ...
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Investments beyond RRSP and TFSA, in non-registered accounts?

I am Canadian, with income just below marginal higher rate. My RRSP contributions were always filled, and the rest went to extra mortgage payments. I just finished paying off the mortgage and will ...
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Can one get a liquidity premium as a retail investor?

Is it possible to get a liquidity premium as a retail investor? That is, between the following two options, I would expect there to be a theoretical extra return to doing (2): Hold an index fund for ...
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Contributing over the 401(k) limit vs investing in an index fund?

I find myself in a lucky position. I have a stable, high-paying job that allows me to achieve nearly all my financial goals, including: Maxing out the yearly contributions to my 401(k), including ...
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Which of my tax-advantaged accounts should I hold my bond market index funds in?

I have traditional, Roth and SIMPLE IRAs. I'd like to get some total bond market index funds (VBTLX). In terms of taxes, gains, dividends, etc. is there any difference between holding the fund in a ...
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Why waste money buying index funds when you can can buy all the stocks on index on your own?

I've got a question. As we know that index funds puts money on all the stocks of a particular index(say Dow index) - on all 30 stocks present in the Dow index. My question is if I have enough capital ...
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index rebalancing question

When the S&P 500 adds or removes companies, my intuition is that the companies added have a higher market cap than the companies removed. To what extent does this difference drive the growth of ...
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Is investing in S&P 500 a wise choice if you plan to purchase a house in 10-15 years?

My total compensation is $168k/year ($285k gross) and my goal is to purchase a house in the range of $1M to $2M. I plan to invest my savings in the S&P500 for about 10-15 years, hopefully, to make ...
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Stock prices rise due to index (SP500) inclusion means I should not buy index funds?

When a stock rises (either temporarily or permanently) before its inclusion into an index, that means index funds need to be purchasing the stock at inflated prices. Doesn't that mean when you ...
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Investing in index funds in Cyprus?

I'm currently based in Cyprus and wanted to invest euros into the world's stock markets via index funds with low expense ratios. Research thus far into retail investing options here isn't promising. ...
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How does mutual funds confiscate the stock dividends?

I'm reading The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by Bogle John, the founder of Vanguard index funds. In Chapter Six: Dividends Are the Investor’s (Best?) Friend: But Mutual Funds Confiscate Too ...
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Understanding the weight of stocks in S&P 500 indexes

I'm reading about S&P 500 stock list here, https://www.slickcharts.com/sp500 It looks like each stock has a different weight, e.g MSFT has 7% but V has 1%, why is that? What's the problem of being ...
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Question to do with ETF price changes during the day

In my learnings I was told the nav price of an etf is calculated at the end of the trading day,So the next day trading resumes at that price but then fluctuates due to supply and demand for the etf ...
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What kind of investment strategies are typically employed when investing at the industry level?

I know economic sectors such as industries represented by SIC codes or GiCS codes are often covered in depth by analysts and some specialize at the industry level rather than stock level. At least ...
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Cheap indices in Europe

I have currently started investing and have access to the following markets: Xetra, BCPP, RMS I see many good indices like the DAX, but I have no more than 500eur allocated. I saw that there are ETFs ...
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How does the definition of expense ratio and gross return fit into the net return on investment equation?

I am currently reading an investopedia article about expense ratios in funds. This article uses the following numerical example about expense ratios and returns. A fund has a gross return of 10% and ...
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Can ETFs be broken down into the stocks composing them without paying capital gains tax?

I own some bad index funds. I would like to decompose them into their stocks, and just hold these (maybe doing further alchemy and replacing some of them with other index funds). Is this possible ...
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What would be the instrument/index with the most historical data available for something similar to TLT aka a bonds fund? [closed]

I would like to have as much historical data as possible regarding a bonds fund performance similar to the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT). For now I have this source but it goes back to only ...
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How can an index fund experience price variations different than those of the index it tracks?

From 22/03/2022 to 24/03/2023, these are the S&P total market index and the Vanguard U.S. Equity Index Fund: S&P total market index: Price on 24/03/2022: $4619.20 Price on 24/03/2023: $3974....
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What's the relationship between SPDR S&P 500 ETF listings in different countries?

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust is listed on four stock exchanges: NYSE Arca — Symbol: SPY ISIN: US78462F1030 Currency: USD Listing date: 1993-01-22. (source) Singapore Exchange — Symbol: S27 ISIN: ...
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What's an Index Interest Strategy Charge Rate in a long-term care (LTC) insurance plan?

I'm looking at some Life Insurance Illustration (mirror) for the Long-term care (LTC) insurance plan "Nationwide Indexed UL Protector II 2020" managed by the Nationwide Life and Annuity ...
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Discrepancy between ETFs performance and benchmark index

I am interested in MSCI World Index and was comparing several ETFs. I can understand that performance of ETF itself can be slightly different but how is possible that there is difference in benchmark ...
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What happens if an Index Fund sell off occurs?

For example, if you have a 3-fund portfolio of the Fidelity Total Market Index Fund, Fidelity International Index Fund, and the Fidelity Total Bond Fund, does this strategy represent "meta" ...
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Why do people claim that it's hard to outperform the S&P 500? It has only increased in value by ~1.5x in the past 5 years

Whereas companies like Google, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, Apple have all increased anywhere from 3x-6x in value in the past 5 years. If you just stuck with those companies, you would have easily ...
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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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Are the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average securities?

As I understand it these Indexes are baskets of assets that are securities. Does that make the Index itself a security? What about an index of commodities?
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Can I buy index funds without margin and own it like a stock?

I am a total newbie so this might be a silly question but I am trying to buy S&P 500 and own it like a stock. The problem is that my broker (XTB) only has the option to buy it with margin and ...
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Why are there contradicting price diagrams for the same ETF?

I'm an absolute beginner to investing. I'm currently looking into the "iShares Core MSCI World UCITS" ETF tracking the MSCI World Index. The iShares Website shows how over the past 5 years ...
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Does the increasing popularity of index fund investing mean that it will become unprofitable in the future?

Index fund investing has become increasingly popular over the past 20+ years. More and more people seem to be pouring money into stock index funds in hope that future returns would be as good as they ...
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What would happen if an hypothetical index funds bubble crashes

There are some finance professionals that have warned about an index fund bubble: Index funds bubble I'm assuming that, at some point, index funds will get into a bubble and this bubble will ...
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Why would anyone invest in an index with percent decrement?

I recently learn that there a type of index called "decrement index". For example, a MSCI world decrement 4% index will constantly underperform the MSCI world index for 4% every year. A spy ...
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Comparing bond index funds: how do indexed bond funds assign the weights to their constituent investment components?

How do passively managed indexed bond funds assign the different weights to their constituent investments? Is a bond index fund, similarly to stock indexes, trying to hold a slice of all existing ...
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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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Why does this author claim that buying index funds will decrease index funds returns?

I'm reading The Beginners Investing Book by Matthew Kratter and to quote him directly: In the old days, very few people practiced indexing. That guaranteed that it would provide pretty good returns. ...
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How Can A Mutual Fund Have an Expense Ratio of Zero?

A certain brokerage claims to offer several zero expense ratio index mutual funds. My cynicism says that this is one of: a loss leader very temporary; the expense ratio will increase, possibly by a ...
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As a young kid should I spend my time learning value investing or should I just chuck all my money into IVW/VOO

I have a genuine question, I am a noob at stocks. from what I have been reading value investors get higher returns than growth investors but then how come the growth etf IVW gets much higher returns ...
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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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Understanding how an ETF works

I am trying to fully understand how ETFs work. For the sake of simplicity, let us restrict ourselves to physical replica ETFs. Let us suppose that an ETF follows an index which tracks three stocks: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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