TrudyKAS writes:<<We've gone round and round on this previously elsewhere, some people drawing close parallels between index funds and Spiders. They do track closely from day to day in price. The principal difference, as I see it, has to do with your individual investment objective if you are not in a tax deferred situation. Index funds have low expense ratios, but they are recurring. That is, you pay the fee each year. That .48% fee can compound to a sizable sum over perhaps 15 or 20 years. The Spiders, on the other hand, when held over a comparable period of time, have broker fees for buying and selling, but no annual additional expenses. So a 1% or 2% one time brokerage cost would be less over time than annual fees! Any comments?>>Just one: You won't get an argument from me. The same sum invested in one versus the other gives the edge to Spiders over the long haul provided the broker charges no account maintenance fee due to lack of trading. Many do, but for funds it's built into the administrative fee. And BTW, the 48 basis points you cite for the fund is high. Vanguard's is half that.Darn…. That's three comments. I'm just gonna have to learn how to count.Regards….Pixy
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