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Index fund question regarding Vanguard 500 Index Fund Admiral Shares - compound interest

I created an account with TDAmeritrade and started investing in VFIAX(Vanguard 500 Index Fund Admiral Shares) three years ago. At the time, I thought that I am investing in an index fund. However I ...
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What is the difference between investing in index fund on their website over your existing bank?

I want to start investing in index fund S&P500, specifically VFIAX from Vanguard. I went to their website and started creating an account, and then it occurred to me....maybe my bank, Chase ...
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Why do Vanguard Mutual funds have slightly better performance than their ETF counterparts?

I'm trying to understand why in general mutual funds tend to very slightly outperform their ETF counterparts. I've put an example here but it seems to be true for the majority of mutual fund / ETFs I'...
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How can I gain exposure to long term treasuries across the entire globe?

A "Long-Term Treasury" fund typically holds US government debt with a long expiration date, for example, 20 to 30 years in the future. It is frequently cited as a useful portfolio component ...
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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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Is there a way to add money to my Roth IRA index fund ONLY if they can buy it at or below a certain price?

Is there a way to add money to my Roth IRA index fund ONLY if they can buy it at or below a certain price? Specifically Vanguard VTSAX since I already have met the minimum requirement (I don't have ...
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Vanguard Four Fund Portfolio

I have been a huge fan of vanguard index funds ever since I was 15 years old. I remember saving up my allowance and minimum wage job to make the $3,000 minimum investment in the s&p 500. My ...
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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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Vanguard S&P500 vs Vanguard U.S. Equity Index Fund

I was looking at Vanguard funds and ETF's and I can't figure out why performance(compound average return 2012-2019) of U.S. Equity Index Fund - Accumulation is better than S&P 500 UCITS ETF (VUSA)....
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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 there is difference between performance of Vanguard S&P500 (VUSA) and S&P500 index

I have been recently reviewing my Vanguard S&P500 (VUSA) performance and I have noticed that it does not correlate with the performance of the same ETF on their website. Inside Vangurad ...
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Check if a financial firm/advisor is fraudulent/a scam in the UK (with an example)

I'm trying to understand the steps to follow to check if a financial firm/advisor is actually a scammer. For simplicity, lets stick to The UK. I have found that there is something called Financial ...
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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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Why does this ETF appear to have price drops that are (virtually) infinite over the last 5 years?

According to Yahoo Finance, the Vanguard ETF VERX.AS has several (almost) infinite drops if you look at it over the last 5 years (I don't provide the link because it is extremely long, but below there ...
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MER of an ETF that holds another ETF?

I have an ETF: VFV (VANGUARD S&P 500 INDEX ETF) that has a fee of 0.08%. This ETF is traded in Canada and holds the U.S.-domiciled Vanguard S&P 500 ETF: VOO. This fund has a fee of 0.03%. ...
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How do ETF commissions work?

Let's suppose that I live in the UK, and that I have £10000 invested in Vanguard's VUSA. This ETF has an ongoing charge of 0.07%. This, added to the 0.15% account fee, it's a 0.22% total. That means ...
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Is the UK ISA's tax relief applied to ETFs that hold stocks of non British companies?

Is the ISA's tax relief applied to ETFs like VUSA (S&P 500 index tracker), which holds stocks of countries other than the UK?
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between shares and ETF?

For example, I see that this: Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Index Fund Investor Shares (VFWIX) is Also available as an ETF and at a lower cost as an Admiral™ Shares mutual fund What is the ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Are there any consequences for investing in Vanguard's Admiral Shares funds instead of ETF's in a Roth IRA?

I have a Roth IRA with Vanguard, and I saw this question: What is the difference between shares and ETF? about the differences between Admiral Share funds and ETFs. I've also seen stuff talking about ...
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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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Investing in REITs - VGSIX vs VNQ

I recently began investing and planning for retirement. I opened up a Roth IRA through Vanguard and bought about $2,000 of Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 Fund (VTIVX). I'd like to invest in real ...