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Subject: Re: Schwab the new Vanguard? Date: 4/23/2012 6:08 PM
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AndrewXnn reported earlier

"Ahh, but there's much more to ETFs than expense ratio, such as the cost of trading. Because SCHB is less liquid than VTI, the trading costs will be higher.

SCHB Bid/Ask 33.39/33.51 => 3.4%
VTI Bid/Ask 69.92/70.82 => 1.71%

...."

In my first reply to this I reported that this was an
afterhours quote and that these etfs trade with much
smaller spreads while the major US exchanges are open.
I also noted that etfs trade in a special "regular"
session from 4 to 4:30, with wider spreads. After 4:30
is the regular afterhours session.

Sample quotes from today's trading

12:50 pm All Exchanges open

SCHB bid/ask 32.84 32.87 spread 0.0913 %
VTI bid/ask 69.98 69.99 spread 0.0143 %

Much less costly than the spreads reported by Andrew

4:08 pm NYSE closed
SCHB bid/ask 32.76 33.93 spread 3.57%
VTI bid/ask 70.21 70.23 spread 0.0285%

Not a liquid market for SCHB
The next time I trade after 4PM VTI a candidate

5:03 pm Afterhours
SCHB bid/ask 32.76 33.94 spread 3.60%
VTI bid/ask 70.13 70.94 spread 1.16%
These Afterhours spreads are similar to Andrew's results.

My apoligies for misspelling AndrewXnn's moniker in
the previous post.
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