Questions tagged [mutual-funds]

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Frequent Mutual Fund Trading in Rollover IRA

In recent years, I started paying attention to my Rollover IRA again after not looking at it for many years. During the Pandemic last year, I made some adjustments to the portfolio which worked out ...
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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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What is the best place to park the money while waiting for a sizable future market drop?

For the past few years I have been investing in equity mutual funds via equal monthly installments (dollar cost averaging). With last year's drop in the market, I was willing to put a lump sum into ...
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What is the worst thing that can happen with my investment in mutual funds?

I have downloaded two apps namely Groww and ET Money to see the various Mutual Funds available in the market. The disclaimer reads that Mutual Funds are subject to market risks. I am curious to know ...
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Following a mutual fund's investment pattern in direct stock market

I understand the difference between investing in stock market vs mutual funds and I have also read the main advantage quoted by the mutual fund companies that the experience of fund manager(s) ...
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What are “unit interests” in the context of a mutual fund?

I'm trying to understand how listed open-ended funds (LOFs) work in different geographies and I sometimes encounter the term "unit interests." The fact that it is never elaborated on ...
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Do Canadian funds lose money when investors cancel their purchase within 48 hours?

I found this in the fact sheet of BMO Junior Oil Index ETF (TSX: ZJO): What if I change my mind? Under securities law in some provinces and territories, you have the right to cancel your purchase ...
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How can a fund have negative “Net Other Assets”?

This is the composition of the Fidelity Government Money Market Fund (SPAXX): How is it possible that the "Net Other Assets" is negative?
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What are the pros and cons of Inflation Protected funds vs Intermediate Government Securities funds?

For example: PRRIX - https://www.morningstar.com/funds/xnas/prrix/quote Inflation Protected SGVIX - https://www.morningstar.com/funds/xnas/sgvix/quote Intermediate Government
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What is a Government Money Market Fund?

I have a 401K and is currently invested. I have an option to rebalance part of the investment to a Fund called SPAXX https://fundresearch.fidelity.com/mutual-funds/summary/31617H102 Can someone ...
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Should we really be looking at the expense ratio while choosing funds?

While doing a bit of research on choosing mutual funds, I found that almost all the blog posts and web pages seem to suggest how harmful the expense ratio is, how much money we lose over time due to ...
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Average Annual Total Return - How to calculate fractional number of years?

Per the SEC Form N-1A, P(1+T)n = ERV Where: P=a hypothetical initial payment of $1,000. T=average annual total return. n =number of years. ERV= ending redeemable value of a hypothetical $1,000 ...
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India - Can a broker see the direct mutual funds I have?

This question is from the context of India. I have multiple regular mutual funds bought through a financial broker. I'd like to buy a few direct mutual funds now to maximise returns. Can the broker ...
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How to calculate Annualized tracking error of an Index fund given daily historical data?

Let's say I have Fund A (A) and Benchmark (B) and the daily closing value of both, stretching back 5 years. To find the Annualized Tracking Error (ATE), would this method be correct: Compute ...
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Financial Metrics Section in Morningstar mutual fund report (blue arrow with white cross?)

Just wondering if anyone out there knows what these blue arrow with white crosses mean under "Financial Metrics". I see them in almost all Morningstar mutual fund reports. Unsure why they ...
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What happens with funds whose underlying is in a different currency if there is hyper-inflation?

Let's suppose that a british investor invests in a mutual fund whose underlying is in american dollars, but which is bought in pounds sterling. This means that the fund's managers convert the pounds ...
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What is the effect of rising interest rates on a Bond Fund?

For Example: Assume you purchase $1,000 of a bond fund. If the bond fund has an average duration of 5 years and general interest rates increase 1% , what is the impact on the value of the bond. What ...
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If a mutual fund sell shares for a gain, do investors need to pay capital gains tax twice?

In here it is stated that An investor holding mutual fund shares in a taxable account may owe tax on any net capital gains realized from the sale of his fund shares during the calendar year. In ...
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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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Why a bank would propose a depositor to invest part of their money to mutual funds, instead of bank doing it itself?

Currently, some banks in Greece propose their depositors (via financial consultants) to invest their money in foreign mutual funds. Their main argument is that deposit interest rates are close to zero ...
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Is this the right way to calculate capital gains when cashing out a mutual fund?

I cashed out a taxable mutual fund in January. It is a long held fund. I got an activity history of all the transactions so that I can figure out an estimated tax to send in to the IRS as currently, I'...
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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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How to read Mutual Funds's Exp ratio and its Yrs Average Annual Returns

I have read the following comments on this forum: Over long horizons, you absolutely want to minimise the expense ratio – a seemingly puny 2% fee p.a. can cost you a third of your savings over 35 ...
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how to evaluate Mutual Fund with overall return including Exp Ratio?

I am trying to learn how to choose mutual funds for long-term investment. My goal is to max the return. Fund A is simple. Exp Ratio is lower. Fund B has more restrictions. The Average Annual Returns ...
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Will mutual fund managers be penalised or even fired if their fund performance is too poor?

In my country, the banks always package mutual fund as a "safe", "diversified", and yet potentially "high return" investment as oppose to buying a stock. Most of the time,...
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Tax for sold mutual funds and stocks in non-retirement accounts for resident aliens on OPT [duplicate]

Tax-residency --> Resident Alien Immigration status --> F1 - OPT There is a similar question here but not the same. My question is: Assume that I sold some mutual funds and stocks, however never ...
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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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How do companies' Bitcoin (or other proof-of-work cryptocurrencies) holdings impact their ESG ratings?

When I land on the Morningstar page for a fund, for example Legal & General Future World Climate Change Equity Factors Index Fund, or a Blackrock iShares ETF page, for example iShares MSCI World, ...
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Trading out of mutual fund, into lower-cost ETF - is it worth it? [duplicate]

I've got a large amount of money (for me) in a US large cap index fund, with a 0.25% expense ratio. I've recently gotten back into investing after a long hiatus, and am now putting most of my money ...
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How could i start an ETF or Mutual fund? [closed]

I want to start a mutual fund and an etf. How would i go about doing this? i would want it to be publicly traded on the market. Thanks for any answers!
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While calculating PE ratio of a mutual fund what do I do with negative earnings of a particular stock?

I am reading one of Peter Lynch's book and he recommends some decisions based on the PE of a mutual fund. While trying to calculate the PE of the mutual fund, I came across a member stock with the ...
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What's stopping me “day-trade” mutual funds?

I invest monthly into several funds, such as this one. Last week, I noticed a new fund I'd just invested a small amount into ($100) had grown by 12% in one week (now worth $112). I investigated the ...
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Should we do sip investment through hdfc amc account or hdfc securities

I have recently open my DMAT account on HDFC Securities. I can purchase or shell share from here. Even I can purchase SIP from here but it is regular growth not director growth. Then I read on some ...
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What kind of services do mutual funds offer that their equivalent ETFs don't?

This answer by base64 mentions: Now you may ask why VTI is 0.03% while VTSAX 0.04%. That is because Vanguard of VTSAX provides service, while the service of VTI is provided by your broker. I don't ...
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How can a Mutual Fund that is not an ETF be traded on an exchange?

Have a look at https://www.onvista.de/fonds/DJE-Zins-Dividende-PA-EUR-Fonds-LU0553164731. It is the information page for a regular fund ("mutual fund"), not an ETF. Nevertheless, it has a ...
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How do I do an in-kind transfer of funds from an individual to joint account in Vanguard?

For a few years I had an individual brokerage account in Vanguard where I invested in some mutual funds. Now I decided to open a joint brokerage account with my wife and transfer these funds to this ...
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Finding green investment funds

I'm trying to find green/sustainable funds to add to my (UK) pension and am finding it quite hard to pick out good candidates. I'm interested more in the green credentials than in the performance. ...
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What is the difference between a fund and a strategy, and can you compare the two?

I am looking at some funds, and am confused by two things. What is the difference between a fund and a fund strategy? Am I correct in saying that a fund strategy is an underlying portfolio and the ...
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For a mutual fund, where can I find the AUM?

Given a mutual fund, where can I find its AUM (assets under management)? I am seeing a number on its page called "Total asset value". Is that the AUM? I don't think it is, because the number ...
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Will a massive sell off of the SPY ETF affect stock prices?

What will happen if there is a massive sell off in the SPY ETF? Will this affect the stock prices of its components? For example, will the price of Apple (APPL) shares drop? Or will it only affect the ...
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How can small cap index funds grow in value if the ones that grow are turned over?

Is it a good idea to invest in a small cap index fund / ETF? I don't understand how the fund can possibly grow due to the constraints of its definition. Definition: A small cap is generally a company ...
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Mutual Funds and SIP

Say if I am investing in a Mutual Fund with a planning to continue the SIP for 20 years with 3000 per month and increment it by 10% each year, but after 5 years the Mutual Fund starts to suffer heavy ...
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When a mutual fund's alpha is listed as “29.57” does that mean it outperformed “the market” by almost 30%?

A broker's site shows me a list of mutual funds sorted by alpha with the top being Morgan Stanley at "29.57" but provides no information on how to interpret this number. I know that the y-...
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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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Trying to understand what happens with a brokerage firm's customers when it goes bankrupt (case of study: Lehman Brothers)

I'm trying to understand how secure it is to own mutual funds/ETFs, not in terms of market volatility etc., but in terms of judicial security (i.e. what happens to your holdings if the firm goes ...
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Have maxed out retirement savings and have some cash on hand. Do I use my brokerage account?

I have a few Fidelity accounts including a 401k, a Roth IRA, and a brokerage account. My brokerage account is empty right now because I sold some Yahoo shares quite some time ago and moved that money ...
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If you never see the dividend for a fund, why does the ex-dividend date matter?

I'm currently invested in an open-ended fund. As I understand it, neither I nor my broker see its dividend. We just wake up on the payment day and see that the unit price of the fund has moved more ...
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In Morningstar's premium screener's value pulldown, each value has two lines, one without “All” and one with. What is difference?

When building screen, in the "Build Your Screen" popup, under "4. Value | Benchmark" all the selection lines have "All" or not. What does the "All" mean? For ...
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Why don't accumulation index funds (dividends are reinvested) raise more than the indexes they track?

Let's suppose a fund is tracking an index A, and let's suppose that it does it with 100% of accuracy. Therefore, given a particular period of time, the value of the fund should fall and rise exactly ...
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municipal bond shares the same across different states and funds

Why is municipal bond stock behavior virtually the same, regardless what state or fund you look at? For example, one can look at shares of the following mutual funds, each collecting municipal bonds ...

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