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Old 12-31-2007, 02:32 AM   #1
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Anyone 100% in Index Funds?

I don't have any index funds but after reading the following article on The Motley Fool, they sure sound good.

Index Funds | Index Mutual Funds | Investing in Index Funds

Especially of interest to me are the Vanguard S&P 500 Index and the Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index look interesting to me. Anyone invested in either of those? Happy about it?
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Old 12-31-2007, 03:41 AM   #2
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i use about 60% managed funds and 40% index funds utilizing 2 different portfolios. for over 20 years my actively managed funds have beaten my index funds over all. i like the simplicity of the index funds, low cost is okay but not considered a priority over performance . the extra 1/2 % has brought me 1 to 2% better performance over the years.

i like the ability to trade in and out of certain etf funds if i want without waiting until the end of the day for 1 pricing.

tax wise the index funds are nice but can be quite a tax torpedo when you decide to sell or trade when very little taxes have been paid gradually all along like with active funds.
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We would be 100% index... except some money in in a PST with limited fund options... so there is a sizable amount in an actively managed fund and in company stock.

We will transition everything to index funds over the next few years. Currently, we are about 70% index.
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Outside of the 401k at work and some individual shares I hold that were bought in my younger days, I only invest with Vanguard and only in index funds. Besides the S&P 500 fund, they also have the Total Stock Market Index, which gives more small and mid cap holdings, and then dozens of slices and permutations of the market. If you are able to invest over $100k in a single fund, they have Admiral shares for most funds, which are a lower cost share class, otherwise identical, with costs about half of the Investor funds.

If you do not think you can beat the market, or find funds that can, or do not want to try, this is a great alternative. My thinking is that I do not need to beat the market, merely just be the market. As far as taxes, yes my capital gains will be (thankfully) huge when I sell, but I will manage that. After ER, I will live off the dividends, currently about 2%, and slowly sell some shares as I need to and pay the capital gains tax. Might even only be at 5% depending on the tax structure then in place. I would much rather have the taxes deferred, since I hold that money and it grows over the years.
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Our 401(k) plans do not have index funds in the asset classes that we want held in those plans such as fixed income, REITs and small cap value.

In our non-401(k) accounts, we only buy index funds nowadays. We will use regular index mutual funds and also index exchange-traded funds. We do have some legacy actively-managed mutual funds that we will sell whenever the taxes to do so are manageable.

If you want to really check out positive opinions of index funds, go to Guide to the Vanguard Diehards Forums
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I don't have any index funds but after reading the following article on The Motley Fool, they sure sound good.

Index Funds | Index Mutual Funds | Investing in Index Funds

Especially of interest to me are the Vanguard S&P 500 Index and the Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index look interesting to me. Anyone invested in either of those? Happy about it?
Index funds are great (though no, I am not 100% in index funds or anything else... I have some cash, and TSP "G Fund" and other funds, and managed funds in my Roth IRA).

As for these two funds, I have a little Vanguard 500 in my taxable account. It, and Vanguard's Emerging Markets VEIEX are both perfectly good funds to have in your portfoliio.
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Especially of interest to me are the Vanguard S&P 500 Index and the Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index look interesting to me. Anyone invested in either of those? Happy about it?
Index investing delivers at least 70% of the returns for about 5% of the effort and a fraction of the costs.

But if you don't have a U.S. mailing address then Vanguard ETFs are probably better than Vanguard index mutual funds. And ETFs from companies like Barclays' iShares or PowerShares may be even better.

We've been treated so well by Fidelity over the last couple decades that we've never had any motivation to go to Vanguard, and we don't use their funds. If an investor has to change brokers then it's a lot easier to stick with assets that can be transferred in-kind and without extra fees for buying/selling.
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Trek, are you a resident of Estonia, an Expat, or are you just travelling/temporarily living there?

By the way, I'm 100% index, except for my emergency funds. Most is at Vanguard, but because of terrible 401K choices some funds our from other vendors.
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Old 12-31-2007, 01:20 PM   #13
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Yes, I am 100% in index funds, outside of my Vanguard money markets funds and equity ownership in my small business. I am completely happy with the results.

My index funds are mostly Vanguard but because of 401(k) and 403(b) limitations, also include Fidelity (spartan funds are as good as Vanguard) and Mutual Of America (Ugg!).

The key with index funds is the asset allocation issue. I am invested in large, medium and small US indexes, short and intermediate term US bond indexes, emerging and developed overseas indexes and REIT indexes. My allocation is NOT market weighted, but is weighted toward US and Small equities, and is 65% equity and 35% cash/bonds. The only assets I do not invest in are overseas bond, precious metals and commodities. These will come when they are not overpriced (yes that is market timing).

I own no managed funds unless you consider money market funds to be managed.
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Mine is a mix of Janus, Vanguard, and cash accounts at various banks. They all have done very well for me over the years in their own ways.

I'm sticking to my investment model for now.
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Other than Prime money market fund and TIPS (neither of which have index funds) at Vanguard, I am almost 100% in index funds. I prefer the Total Stock market Index fund to the S&P 500, though the LT returns are quite simular. I only hold the EM fund as part of the Total International Index fund.
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I am roughly 60% in ETFs only because I do not have that choice for my 401k funds. My wife, who is retired, has 100% ETFs in her IRA. I will most likely do the same when I pull the plug.

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100% of my portfolio is invested with the following Vanguard funds:

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Total Bond Market Index-9%
Intermediate Term Treasuries-23%
Inflation-Protected Securities-12%
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Thanks for the replies, I think Index funds are in my future.

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But if you don't have a U.S. mailing address then Vanguard ETFs are probably better than Vanguard index mutual funds. And ETFs from companies like Barclays' iShares or PowerShares may be even better.
I do have a U.S. mailing address (street address at my mail forwarding company) and a U.S. phone number (through Skype).

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Trek, are you a resident of Estonia, an Expat, or are you just travelling/temporarily living there?
American/Estonian dual citizen, but I'm full-time ER'd in Estonia.
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:21 AM   #20
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Though I got to thinking if I die, can my wife get my assets in the U.S. relatively trouble free or would that be a severe hassle, her not being a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident? I assume she wouldn't be able to keep the funds as they were.

Just sent an email to Vanguard about it, see what they say.
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