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The Fools on the index fund board have put together this FAQ pertaining to index funds and the index funds board. We hope it will be helpful to everyone who has an interest in index funds or would like to join our merry group of indexing Fools. Enjoy!

Foolish indexing questions:
1)Where can I get an overview of mutual funds?
2)Where Can I learn more about index funds?
3)Where can I get a list of index funds with a low minimum $ requirement and/or an automatic investment plan?
4)Should I buy a fund or Exchange traded fund(ETF)?
5)I am not a US citizen and I am not living in the US, what should I do about buying index funds?
6)What about tax managed funds?
7)Should I buy funds from my broker? I have noticed that the low cost funds I want aren't free.
8)Should I look for an index fund with a low share price?
9)Is there a downside to indexing? What if it becomes too popular?
10)Where can I find a list of index funds?
11)What are the key parts to researching an index fund?
12)What about other approaches to using an index fund, such as focusing on one area of the market?(slice&dice or 4x25)
13)Aren't index funds a tax time bomb ticking away?"
14)Aren't all those Standard & Poor's 500(S&P 500) funds the same?
15)What's the difference between the mutual fund, a SPDR and an iShare
16)Why does everyone on this board talk about Vanguard so much?
17)What about QQQ?
18)Where could I go to find more info on indexes?
19)What if I wanted to know about the next change to the Standard & Poor's 500(S&P 500)?
20)Which one should I invest in, the Total stock market(TSM) or the Standard & Poor's 500(S&P 500)?
21)Do mutual funds split?
22)What about international indexing?
23)Why do you recommend index funds when I might do much better using the Foolish Four or other Mechanical Investing methods?
24)How often should I rebalance my holdings?
25)What about index weightings?
26)Is it better to have a tax managed fund in a taxable account vs say VTSMX?
27)What about Vanguards fees?
28)How much are those star ratings worth?
29)Is now the time to buy?
30)If I'm young shouldn't I be aggressive with my index funds like QQQ, etc?"

Foolish indexing answers:
(Note: Many answers are given in threads. You will need follow them through to glean all the information they contain.)

1)Where can I get an overview of mutual funds?
Go to the Fool's school at
http://www.fool.com/school/mutualfunds/basics/intro.htm

2)Where Can I learn more about index funds?
TMF Max has a good introduction the fool's school:
http://www.fool.com/school/mutualfunds/indexfunds/sp500.htm
http://www.indexfunds.com/basics.htm
http://personal.vanguard.com/pdf/bpti.pdf

3)Where can I get a list of index funds with a low minimum $ requirement and/or an automatic investment plan?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13320975
http://www.indexfunds.com/articles/20000706_cheap_iss_veh_AK.htm

4)Should I buy a fund or Exchange traded fund(ETF)?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13312505
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=14423112
http://www.vanguard.com/bogle_site/february152001.html

5)I am not a US citizen and I am not living in the US, what should I do about buying index funds?
http://www.fool.co.uk/school/investusa.htm
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13148310

6)What about tax managed funds?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13290910
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15107578

7)Should I buy funds from my broker? I have noticed that the low cost funds I want aren't free.
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13289535

8)Should I look for an index fund with a low share price?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13230447
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13219685

9)Is there a downside to indexing? What if it becomes too popular?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12270812
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13099474

10)Where can I find a list of index funds?
http://www.fool.com/school/mutualfunds/tables/indextypetable.htm
http://www.indexfunds.com/funds.htm
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15804423

11)What are the key parts to researching an index fund?
http://www.indexfunds.com/articles/20000706_cheap_iss_veh_AK.htm
http://news.morningstar.com/doc/article/1,1,3230,00.html
http://moneycentral.msn.com/articles/invest/invfund/contents.asp?p=2

12)What about other approaches to using an index fund, such as focusing on one area of the market?(slice&dice or 4x25)
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13189093
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13332217
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15164589

13)Aren't index funds a tax time bomb ticking away?
*See question #14 in this link
http://socialize.morningstar.com/x.xs/XBbs/FullConv?forumId=F100000016&convId=20242&minReplySeq=1#replyTop <http://socialize.morningstar.com/x.xs/XBbs/FullConv?forumId=F100000016&convId=20242&minReplySeq=1>

14)Aren't all those Standard & Poor's 500(S&P 500) funds the same?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13329118
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13238942

15)What's the difference between the mutual fund, a SPDR and an iShare
http://www.fool.com/school/mutualfunds/basics/intro.htm
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13321588

16)Why does everyone on this board talk about Vanguard so much?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13324898

17)What about QQQ?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12680870
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?id=1190352000254000

18)Where could I go to find more info on indexes?
http://www.fool.com/school/indices/introduction.htm
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13006283
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12748923
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12481131

19)What if I wanted to know about the next change to the Standard & Poor's 500(S&P 500)?
http://www.spglobal.com/news.html

20)Which one should I invest in, the Total stock market(TSM) or the Standard & Poor's 500(S&P 500)?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=11820090
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13253003
http://www.vanguard.com/bogle_site/february152001.html
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15674456

21)Do mutual funds split?
For an answer look at these posts and the NAV issue:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13032539
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=11670853
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12432474

22)What about international indexing?
http://www.indexfunds.com/articles/20000907_intdext_iss_intl_AK.htm
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15548035
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15543341

23)Why do you recommend index funds when I might do much better using the Foolish Four or other Mechanical Investing methods?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13323278
http://www.investorhome.com/dogs.htm
http://www.investorhome.com/anomaly.htm
http://www.vanguard.com/bogle_site/february152001.html
http://www.fool.com/ddow/2000/ddow001211.htm
http://www.fool.com/ddow/2000/ddow001218.htm

24)How often should I rebalance my holdings?
http://www.efficientfrontier.com/ef/100/rebal100.htm

25)What about index weightings?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12987383

26)Is it better to have a tax managed fund in a taxable account vs say VTSMX?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15107578

27)What about Vanguards fees?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=14939360
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=14988801
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15128805

28)How much are those star ratings worth?
http://news.morningstar.com/news/MS/Investing101/StarRating/star.html
http://www.money.com/money/depts/investing/fundamentalist/archive/0003.html
http://www.vanguard.com/bogle_site/february152001.html

29)Is now the time to buy?
http://www.fool.com/portfolios/rulemaker/1999/rulemaker990420.htm
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15707882
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15699503
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15593953

30)If I'm young shouldn't I be aggressive with my index funds like QQQ, etc?"
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13489102

Other tidbits of interest:
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John Bogle stuff.
http://www.vanguard.com/cgi-bin/NewsPrint/944487602
http://www.vanguard.com/bogle_site/bogle_speechesequity.html
http://www.vanguard.com/bogle_site/bogle_speeches.html
http://www.vanguard.com/bogle_site/april272001.html

Gus Sauter stuff.
http://socialize.morningstar.com/x.xs/XBbs/FullConv?forumId=F100000016&convId=20242
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15583700
http://personal.vanguard.com/cgi-bin/NewsPrint2/999296299

Article mentioning Vanguard's 500 Index's Tracking Error.
http://www.efficientfrontier.com/ef/100/chart.htm

On bond fund investing
http://www.vanguard.com/catalog/lit/pt_ptlkbnd.html

Don't know what it means, look it up!
Campbell R. Harvey's Financial Glossary
http://www.duke.edu/~charvey/Classes/wpg/glossary.htm
OR:
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/business/specials/glossary/

Links we like:-)
www.vanguard.com
www.indexfunds.com
www.morningstar.com
(You may have to register(Free) to access some information at M*)
www.efficientfrontier.com
http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/home.asp

Still not satisfied?
Here is a link that contains books recommended by some of our favorite indexing Fools:
http://leviticus.boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15837949
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