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I also wanted to add one other piece of info and that is our mutual fund choices offered through the state (VA) are managed by State Street Global Advisors which I am not really familiar with.

My 401k offers 3 index funds from State Street Global Advisors: S&P 500, Russell 2000 and MSCI EAFE. These funds are lower cost than the other choices in my 401k, which are all managed funds. My only gripe with the State Street 'Advisor' funds in my 401k is that there are no ticker symbols available for them, which means it's impossible to get any information from them other than what's available on my 401k website. For example, you can't include them in an allocation analyzer along with other funds, and to get NAVs on any given day I have to log into my 401k website.

Because I'm highly cynical, I manually track each of these funds against their respective index on a semi-monthly basis. There is always a slight discrepancy, as the index funds don't pay out dividends, so I have to assume they are simply included in a higher NAV. Therefore the NAVs of these funds usually slightly outpace the indexes they're tracking on an annual basis.

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