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Does dollar cost averaging apply when moving investments between fund families?

We'll likely be moving ~$100,000 (two Roth IRAs, about 80k/20k split) from a mix of Nationwide funds to a combination of Vanguard whole-market stock and bond index funds (details below). All else ...
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Roth IRA: Vanguard vs Free Advisor's Mutual Fund

Background: I recently turned 25 and became applicable to invest into my employer's 401K. Due to no matching, I have 3% allocated in as a supplemental retirement fund. Currently single, rent (no ...
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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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What are Vanguard's Admiral Shares?

What are Vanguard's Admiral Shares? I recently heard about them, and I'm not sure how they differ from the normal shares of their mutual funds I have.
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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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How does Vanguard determine the optimal asset allocation for their Target Retirement Funds?

Until 25 years before retirement, Vanguard Target Retirement Funds all have an identical asset allocation of 63% U.S. stocks, 27% international stocks, 8% U.S. bonds, and 2% international bonds. I ...
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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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Is there any evidence that “growth”-style indexes and growth ETFs outperform their respective base indexes?

For example Vanguard has the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF and the Vanguard S&P 500 Growth ETF. Just looking at the returns, it looks like the growth ETF has outperformed the S&P 500 ETF: ... but ...
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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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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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Are there fees or penalties for holding less than $10K in a Vanguard Admiral Shares fund?

I currently have a large sum of cash in a "Rewards Account" at my credit union. The interest rate is at 2.75%. It seems to drop every year. It started out at over 4%. Basically, I am looking to find a ...
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What is the least-bad way to invest a Simple IRA with heavy fees around every corner?

Given the following situation: an employer-offered "Simple IRA" run by a major brokerage with 1% gross pay matching; No near-future feasible opportunity to invest the Simple IRA contribution in a no-...
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Do money markets fluctuate during market crashes?

Do money markets exhibit any sort of fluctuations during a stock market crash? Is it any different than placing your money in a bank? I am interested in VMMXX, but google finance only has a chart ...