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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

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.



Comparing Mutual Funds (criteria for searching/buying)

Asset allocation and diversification across a portfolio

Alpha, Beta, etc.

Coffeehouse Portfolio Help

---- Shopping around

Where to buy (comparing brokers, fund companies)

Ameritrade fees

Fidelity Takes On Vanguard



---- Types of Funds

One-fund diversification: asset allocation funds, fund of funds, etc.

Bond Funds

Oil/Gas/Energy/Natural Resource Funds - Lipper and others

Precious metals

Balanced Funds

DIISX vs. SWINX vs. VGTSX (International Funds)

Eastern European funds

REIT index (and other) funds

---- Individual Funds and Topics

Vang. Growth & Income

ICON healthcare fund

Vanguard Capital Value Fund

VTSMX (Total Stock Market index)

---- Tools and Techniques

Mutual Fund Timing


Morningstar Ratings - debates - star changes

----- Fund companies

Fidelity funds & brokerage



American Funds/Load Funds

Calamos or American Funds?


Neuberger Berman


Oak Associates





---- Details

401(k) Roll Over Choices


Long & Short Term Cap Gain Reinvestment
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