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Greetings Nick,

ETFs are more tax efficient than mutuals due to a couple of tax loopholes, and Vanguard level expense ratios are the norm, not the exception.

Though Vanguard's funds are able to nab part of the both worlds in terms how they seem to have set up their funds, where the ETF share class is just a separate share class.

Now that Scottrade is charging for Vanguard trades, I was considering moving my money directly into Big V. But why be locked in to a single provider?

http://www.efficientfrontier.com/ef/900/ts.htm does suggest to me that at Vanguard at least they know how to add value with their index offerings. Meanwhile, http://www.efficientfrontier.com/ef/104/stupid.htm does suggest that some ETFs don't necessary do a good job of tracking their indices.

JMHO,
JB
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