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A recent inquiry about choosing a mutual fund broker (one of those oft-repeated questions) got me thinking again about the busted search facility here on the Fool. You can search 2006, and anything up to 2003. But 2004 and 2005 are just big hunks of text, at the moment anyway.

A few months back I addressed that problem by compiling a quickie list of popular topics from 2004, to help people find at least some of the meat from that year. NOTE: the message that "indexes" 2004 is #13539 on this board, at http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23371555

Although I put 2004 in the message title above, I did not include any of that earlier message's content. It would clog things up and be redundant. Now that I've mentioned it again today, you can use the Fool's tool to search *this* year, to find *this* message you're now reading; and from here, you'll have the link to last year's "index" as well. (It is very complicated bending space-time like this!)

For 2005, I used pretty much the same method as before, except that I tried to include more stuff. I went back to January 2005, viewed all the headers in thread mode, and tried to snag some titles that might be useful, for stuff that people seem to ask about a lot -- but which would not be searchable using the Fool's tools.

As before, I generally tried to select those which either had a lot of messages, or which had a lot of recommendations, or which simply looked like potentially popular or useful resources. I arbitrarily skipped over very short threads, or freestanding messages that did not engender discussion, simply to speed up the task, not as any judgment on their content.

I did check a few of them, but in large part these have been selected and posted below without any serious editorial effort. So the benefit may vary from one to the next. Also, I'm sure there are many great messages that got overlooked, and perhaps an occasional clerical error.

This time I did not worry about trying to preserve the original thread titles much at all, and I also abandoned chronological order and tried to group things by subject. I did not labor to make the groupings all that scientific, so you may find some odd surprises.

Unlike before, I did not bother with the number of the first message in the thread. Too much work! The URL is included, as it was last time. To focus your inquiry, switch to threaded mode (above) when you go to read a given thread. In unthreaded mode, you may occasionally pass quite some time between messages on the same topic.

Enjoy!

----- NEWBIES START HERE

Comparing Mutual Funds (criteria for searching/buying)
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=21923949
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22063798
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22207141
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22767980

Asset allocation and diversification across a portfolio
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22300332
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22476414
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23081106

Alpha, Beta, etc.
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22101668

Coffeehouse Portfolio Help
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22119852

---- Shopping around

Where to buy (comparing brokers, fund companies)
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22364022

Ameritrade fees
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22005347

Fidelity Takes On Vanguard
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22177479

Scottrade
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22688857

Firstrade
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22939982

---- Types of Funds

One-fund diversification: asset allocation funds, fund of funds, etc.
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22254071
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22277608
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23287114

Bond Funds
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22014086
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22391710
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22668575
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23031899

Oil/Gas/Energy/Natural Resource Funds - Lipper and others
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22251183
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22794694
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22875327

Precious metals
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23253978
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23313736

Balanced Funds
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22704108

DIISX vs. SWINX vs. VGTSX (International Funds)
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22682691

Eastern European funds
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=21881709

REIT index (and other) funds
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22431828

---- Individual Funds and Topics

Vang. Growth & Income
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=21866315

ICON healthcare fund
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22135272

Vanguard Capital Value Fund
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22363426

VTSMX (Total Stock Market index)
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22564844

---- Tools and Techniques

Mutual Fund Timing
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23049989

Investools
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23172517

Morningstar Ratings - debates - star changes
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23484161

----- Fund companies

Fidelity funds & brokerage
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=21923817
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22671306

PIMCO
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22122739

ING
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22322249

American Funds/Load Funds
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22335483
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22416311
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23303028

Calamos or American Funds?
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22843935

Davis
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22674473

Neuberger Berman
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22707940

Bridgeway
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23369070

Oak Associates
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22448053

Oakmark
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23434249

Hussman
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23243398

Dimensional
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23253871

Tilson
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22397364

---- Details

401(k) Roll Over Choices
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=21851340

Distributions
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23298576

Long & Short Term Cap Gain Reinvestment
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23429430
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