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Old 04-18-2009, 03:27 PM   #21
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I am not aware that Vanguard lets you start with less than the initial minimum even if doing an automated investment program, but I could be wrong.

The Vanguard STAR fund has an initial minimum of $1000 and is often suggested as a starter fund at Vanguard.

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Old 04-18-2009, 08:54 PM   #22
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Listen to the majority here and go directly with the Vanguard funds. For your "fun" account I would go with TradeKing. $5, and the site is much better to use than the other cheapies. I have a Roth with TradeKing for just that purpose
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