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Is the Fidelity ZERO Large Cap Index Fund (FNILX) a better alternative to the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO)?

Goal I'm looking for a long term investment vehicle outside of a tax-advantaged account. It's possible I'll be making regular contributions using a dollar-dost averaging strategy. I'd also like to ...
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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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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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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 the Vanguard S&P 500 eur has such a lower price compared to the original US version?

sorry if this is a silly question but I am new to the finance world. I would like to understand better why the Vanguard S&P 500 UCITS ETF (VUSA) has such a different price compared to the Vanguard ...
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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 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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Roth counting toward 401k maximum

Vanguard is showing me that my Roth contributions are counting toward the $19,000 401k maximum. I thought Roth counted towards a separate $6000 maximum. Is my Roth not an IRA?
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Why is VFINX more expensive than VFIAX?

Vanguard core funds are a very popular set of mutual funds. Two of them, VFINX and VFIAX, are extremely similar. They both hold the 500 largest stocks in the US equity market. They both have the same ...
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How to estimate the average cost-per-share of a not-very-liquid ETF purchased with a market order?

I'm a Canadian resident and a few months ago I bought a US-listed Vanguard ETF of European stocks (VGK). There was a Canadian-listed version of this ETF (VE), but I chose the US-listed one because the ...
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What is the difference between a dividend and share distribution?

For example for one of Vanguard's funds it stated: FTSE Developed World ex-U.K. Equity Index Fund - Accumulation (FPC9.GB) has declared a GBP 6.167605000 per share final distribution. Group 2 ...
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Why doesn't Vanguard allow to pay fees pertaining to 401(k) accounts using resources located outside the 401(k) accounts?

Why doesn't Vanguard allow to pay fees pertaining to 401(k) accounts using resources located outside the 401(k) accounts? Is that due to some law, some other constraint, or is that just some arbitrary ...
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Vanguard Target Year retirement funds track record

Some personal finance "gurus" recommend funds with a track record of at least 10 years. Both my current and previous employer default to Vanguard target year retirement funds. These funds from 2015 ...
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Vanguard Total Stock Market vs Vanguard STAR for retirment

I'm about 17 and my vanguard roth ira is now ready for an investment. I was wondering which of the above two funds would be suited as a retirement fund, or if there is any significant difference at ...
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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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Why buy mutual funds when equivalent ETFs exist?

Vanguard has ETF versions of several of its mutual funds. I don't know if they are are 100% equivalent but the Vanguard site itself to them from the mutual fund pages. Why would someone chose to ...
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Vanguard UK lets you invest in the S&P 500 index fund. What about my taxes?

Vanguard UK lets you invest in the S&P 500 index fund via an ISA (Independent Savings Fund). I understand that an ISA in the UK shields you from any tax on your profits from investments (up to a ...
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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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How can Vanguard sell ETFs for no fee?

One can trade Vanguard's ETF with no fee for buying or selling. I have made several trades ( on the internet - no agent) over the last year for no fee. How do they make money ?
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What do mutual funds do with the dividends that the securities that they contain give out?

For example, Vanguard Dividend funds have a lot of stocks that give out dividends. Are there any regulatory requirements for Vanguard to distribute the fund? Can they decide to do whatever they want ...
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How to estimate for Capital Gains when investing in Vanguard Managed Funds

I am saving up money now for my daughters college education which will happen in 18 - 20 years. My plan is to invest in vanguard ETF - "Vanguard Australian Shares Index Fund(VAS)" with an initial ...
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Why does it take 5-7 business days to transfer a brokerage account from Fidelity to Vanguard?

I was looking at the status of a transfer of a brokerage account from Fidelity to Vanguard, and read that it is estimated to take 5-7 business days: Why does it take 5-7 business days to transfer a ...
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GnuCash/Finance::Quote not working for Vanguard funds [duplicate]

I have money in some Vanguard funds (VTSAX and VTTSX), and track my money locally in GnuCash. Some time ago, I had it set up to automatically update the prices of these funds (Price Editor → Get ...
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Why would an employer 401(k) plan prevents Roth assets from being exchanged into the SDBO Self-Directed Brokerage Option (SDBO)?

A Self-Directed Brokerage Option (SDBO) allows 401(k) plan holders to invest their 401(k) money directly into U.S. Equities, ADRs, ETFs, Publicly-traded Limited Partnerships, Publicly-traded REITs, U....
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Why does Vanguard take over one day to convert after-tax 401(k) to 401(k) Roth within one's plan?

Why does Vanguard take over one day to convert after-tax 401(k) to 401(k) Roth within one's plan? Why isn't it faster, or even immediate? For example, if one initiate the conversion on Saturday noon ...
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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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How to see the breakdown of purchases vs. profits for a Vanguard Brokerage account?

I can see the purchases vs. returns on the Performance tab in Vanguard but that is for my retirement and brokerage accounts. I'd like to see that breakdown for just my brokerage account. Does anyone ...
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Building an ETF portfolio: Is it even possible to diversify?

I want to start investing my money. I've decided to invest a monthly fixed amount by buying ETFs. I am currently investigating different ETFs to decide on what my portfolio allocation will look like. ...
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Retirement Savings Advice

just a typical financially illiterate American guy here looking for advice on how to make my retirement more financially fit. Soon I will be a U.S. federal government employee and will therefore have ...
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How can passive index funds be sustainable at large scale? Won't they affect the indexes they are tracking?

Index funds seem to be gaining popularity these days. So if this trend continues, a sizable amount of investment money might end up in these passive funds. When this happens, won't there be a ...
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What is the difference between these two S&P 500 ETF?

I wanted to invest in the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF which has the ISIN code US9229083632 However I just discovered it is not available in my country. As an alternative I am considering investing in ...
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Why does Voya use Vanguard fund names with different prices and no ticker symbols?

I have a Voya 401k account from employer. I've been investing in four funds, three of which (I thought) are "Vanguard" funds. The names are identical to Vanguard funds, but they aren't the same at ...
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How are Vanguard's ETF's returns higher than the index's growth?

I tried comparing Vanguard's ETF returns to the index the ETF is tracking and it looks like their ETF highly outperformed the index? The S&P/ASX 300 index only grew less than 29% total in 5 years,...
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If I buy an index fund right now, how can I estimate the actual price I'll get at the time of execution?

I'm somewhat inexperienced at investing, though I do have existing money in index funds. One piece I don't fully understand is the delay between order and execution and how I can estimate when ...
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Can money work that hard for you?

Yesterday I was thinking about this: Assume you have around 600.000€, and get around 10% to 25% annual return on a fairly aggressive fund investment. Now assume that each year you take out 80.000€ ...
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How to only sell shares(index funds) with long term gains after mid year conversion to vanguard admiral class?

I've never sold in a taxable account before so please bear with me. I bought VGTSX more than a year ago and then upgraded to admiral class last year(and bought more). Now, I would like to sell some ...
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Why would someone pick iShare's Russell 2000 ETF over Vanguard's?

There are two ETFs that both track the Russell 2000 (at least according to everything I've read), which are IWM (iShares) VTWO (Vanguard) The Vanguard ETF has a lower expense ratio. As such, could ...
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Comparing ETFs following the same index

If I want to choose between two ETFs of different issuers following the same index, what are the factors should I consider? For example I want to decide between SCHD of Schwab and Vanguard High ...
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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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Indian equivalent of Vanguard S&P 500

I was going through the article - Warren Buffett wins $1M bet made a decade ago that the S&P 500 stock index would outperform hedge funds The name Vanguard is pretty popular even among non US ...
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Is there any reason to choose my bank's index fund over Vanguard?

I'm planning on transferring some of the money in my RRSP into an index fund. My bank (CIBC), has a balanced index fund that has 1.2% management expense ratio (https://www.cibc.com/en/personal-banking/...
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How can I configure my Vanguard 401(k) account so that the pre-tax 401(k) deferral is always the maximum possible?

How can I configure my Vanguard 401(k) account so that the pre-tax 401(k) deferral is always the maximum possible (e.g., over 18kUSD in 2017, excluding the employer matching)? When I go to the ...
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Does Vanguard ensure that employees do not overcontribute to their 401(k)?

I read on http://www.doughroller.net/retirement-planning/happens-contribute-401k/: Most of us won’t have to worry about contributing more than the annual limit. Even if you have enough money ...
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Vanguard Mutual Funds — Diversification vs Share Class

Vanguard Admiral shares typically require a minimum investment of $10,000, whereas the Investor shares typically require $3,000. For the lower expense ratio funds, the former have expense ratios of ...
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Vanguard Fund Minimums with Multiple Accounts Containing Same Fund

Assume I have a Roth IRA account and a mutual fund account through Vanguard, and that both of these accounts invest in the same fund. Does the minimum fund balance apply to the Roth IRA and mutual ...
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Vanguard Minimum Investment and Minimum Duration

For the Vanguard mutual funds that do not have a redemption fee, is the minimum amount of time during which the minimum investment must be in the fund 60 days as mentioned here, or is there another ...
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Opening an IRA and Minimum Initial Purchase Amounts

The Vanguard website lists the mutual funds in which one can invest when opening an IRA. Some of those funds have minimum investment amounts of $10,000. Since the annual IRA contribution limits are $...
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My first 401k, starting late-ish - should I stick with target date? [closed]

I just got my first "big boy" job at the tender age of... 34, after a long time in academia and a startup stint that worked out pretty well (startup got acquired by public company) - so now it's the ...
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Backtesting for Vanguard Mutual Fund investments

I'm new to this so my apologies if this is out of place or not a "correct" use of backtesting. Is there a free service (or python package) for backtesting investment strategies for Vanguard mutual ...
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Why is there such a huge difference in the minimum investment of Vanguard's Prime Money Market Fund Admiral and Investor Shares?

For Vanguard's Prime Money Market Fund Investor Shares mutual fund, the minimum investment is $3,000. But for the Admiral Shares version, the minimum investment is $5,000,000! Why is there such a huge ...