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Reducing transaction costs: cross trading and in-kind redemption

One of the main arguments for investing in passive index funds is the relative assurance of reaping a fair share of market returns. But as market benchmarks bear no costs, an index fund manager needs to reduce frictional costs in

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Sacramento Area Bogleheads Meeting Summary (February 10, 2018)

This article is composed by Bogleheads® forum member digarei   Our penchant for greed, even if unconscious, can impact our thinking during periods of low volatility in the markets. The frenetic reporting of last week has dissipated as quickly as

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Under the hood – Vanguard international index funds in 2017

Vanguard issues annual reports for the firm’s international and global index funds on October 31 of each year. The reports provide information that can highlight some of the underlying conditions affecting a fund’s future capital gains distribution outlook; an indication

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2018 South Florida Local Chapter Meeting

The following guest post is courtesy of South Florida Local Chapter members Lazy Nihilist and Miriam2.   We had our 2018 South Florida Bogleheads Chapter meeting on Sunday from Noon to 2pm. It was great to meet fellow Bogleheads with

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Vanguard stock index fund turnover in 2017

  Vanguard’s suite of U.S. stock index funds are benchmarked to CRSP indexes. In addition, Vanguard offers sets of U.S. exchange-traded funds benchmarked to Russell and S&P indexes. In 2015 the CRSP index funds had lower turnover rates  in most style categories when compared to the Russell and S&P funds. This continues a trend established […]

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Lazy Portfolios in 2017

The following table lists 2017 total returns for various examples of “lazy portfolios”. Some of the portfolios (Coffeehouse and Coward’s) are designed as  60/40 stock/bond portfolios. Other portfolios (Armstrong Ideal and Swensen) are designed as 70/30 stock/bond portfolios.  The two-fund,

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Frank Armstrong’s Ideal Index portfolio – 2017 update

Frank Armstrong III, investment advisor and author, offers the following seven fund “Ideal Indexed” portfolio in his book, The Informed Investor: A Hype-Free Guide to Constructing a Sound Financial Portfolio (published December 16, 2003). The portfolio employs a 70% equity

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David Swensen’s portfolio (from Unconventional Success) – 2017 Update

David Swensen, investment manager of the Yale University Endowment Fund, has addressed how investors should set up and manage their investments in his book, Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment. The Swensen portfolio consists of six core asset

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William Bernstein’s Coward’s Portfolio – 2017 Update

William Bernstein, investment manager and author, first introduced a version of his “Coward’s portfolio” in 1996. The “coward” refers not to the investor’s risk tolerance but to the strategy of hedging one’s bets and having slices of a number of

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Harry Browne’s Permanent Portfolio- 2017 update

“For the money you need to take care of you for the rest of your life, set up a simple, balanced, diversified portfolio. I call this a “Permanent Portfolio” because once you set it up, you never need to rearrange

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