Hong Kong listed ETFs

The top 25 Hong Kong listed ETFs I’m watching in 2018H2

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I’ve been speaking at several ETF conferences this year, and was a bit surprised to see at one event most of the audience raising their hand as users of ETFs, but then most putting their hands down when asked if they traded ETFs listed on any exchanges in Asia.  For easy reference, I wanted to […]

US Equity REITs vs Mortgage REITs - owners made 13x as much as lenders

US Equity REITs vs Mortgage REITs vs Physical Property: 2 charts

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I’ve spoken and written extensively on real estate investment trusts (REITs), but just came across these two charts comparing the performance of US equity REITs vs mortgage REITs, and the long-term total return of US REITs vs physical real estate. Chart #1: Performance of equity REITs vs mortgage REITs Equity REITs own properties, and collect […]

Vanguard sets ETFs trading costs to zero

Vanguard sets 1,800 ETFs’ trading costs to zero today: Time to move all your money over?

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About a month ago, Vanguard surprised clients and investment advisors (of which I am both) with the announcement that starting in August 2018 (today), Vanguard would offer free trading on almost 1,800 exchange traded funds (ETFs), all but a handful of which are those of Vanguard’s competitors.  Although I have earlier argued that even paying […]

How to read a mutual fund fact sheet - 5 key points

How to read a fund factsheet – 5 key points to avoiding a $5,000 mistake

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A fund factsheet is the “nutritional information” of the investment fund, summing up the objectives, holdings, fees, risks, and performance of a mutual fund you might choose to invest in.  I rarely meet an investor that reads the entire offering document or prospectus of most stocks or funds they buy, and even the “executive summary” […]

Building portfolios using ETFs instead of mutual funds

3 main reasons I invest in ETFs instead of mutual funds

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I first started using ETFs in the early 2000s, when iShares was aggressively launching several new ETFs, and marketing the line of single-country ETFs they had launched back in 1996.   The Spyder ETF “SPY” has already been around for almost a decade at that point, and sector SPDRs had already been around since 1998, but […]

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How much should I put in a 529 college savings plan each year?

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529 college savings plans have no hard and fixed annual contribution limits, unlike IRA, HSA, 401(k), or many other US tax-deferred accounts.  Rather, 529 plans are often subject to state-set overall contribution limit that you should not put in more than 4 years’ worth of expenses at the most expensive university you could spend the […]

Interactive Brokers vs Saxo Trader Pro

Interactive Brokers vs Saxo: Best Online Broker for International Accounts

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As two of the world’s leading international low-cost online brokers, we have been very glad to be able to offer a choice to clients on whether they want to hold their GFM-managed accounts at Interactive Brokers (IBKR for short) or Saxo, so naturally we are often asked to compare the relative strengths, advantages, and costs of […]

Passports: Invest your IRA in foreign stocks and bonds

Why now is the time to invest over 50% of your IRA in foreign stocks and US bonds

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After several years of rising US stock prices, I am often asked when the next crash, or at least next big correction, is coming.  I believe it is foolish to try and time the market, but I do believe it makes sense to sell out of expensive assets and buy into better value assets (buy […]

Yes, you can own real estate in an IRA, but should you?

Yes, you can own real estate in an IRA, but should you?

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How to buy real estate in an IRA It is actually relatively easy to buy real estate in an IRA.  The main step required is to rollover your IRA balance from your old 401k plan or IRA custodian to a “self-directed IRA” with a custodian that focuses on the administration and compliance of self-directed IRAs.  […]

How to save $1,000,000 in an IRA by age 59 1/2 with Vanguard and DFA funds

How to save $1,000,000 in an IRA by age 59 1/2 on a few hundred per month

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One of the biggest complaints I hear about US Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) is that the maximum contribution limits are too low and not worth the hassle.  As an illustration of how saving regularly in an IRA can be very much worth the hassle, I thought it would be worth showing how the low maximum […]