KyleAAA wrote:I just use the mutual fund equivalent. If you have access to DFA, they are a better option. If not, and you don't like VSS, I'm not aware of a better option than the Vanguard MF version of VSS.
nydad wrote:what about sharebuilder? with the basic plan you pay $4 per transaction, so you'd pay $48/year if you invested 12 times.
livesoft wrote: You won't like my solution, but I try to buy things once or twice a year on a ReallyBadDay. In 2012, there were really only a couple of RBDs the whole year though.
livesoft wrote: As for using VFSVX, the purchase fee seems to paid by VSS purchasers as well. Isn't the premium to NAV for VSS also about 0.25%?
livesoft wrote:Just a note: The bid/ask spread is not the same as premium/discount to NAV.
I did not know that sharebuilder allowed DCA of ETFs/Stocks. Do you know what price they give you? Is it the average daily price or the max? Do they guarantee this?
fundtalk wrote:I would think that the best strategy (especially if you're DCA) would be to make regular purchases of the mutual fund and occasionally convert to the ETF shares during times of market distress when the premium shrinks (though, were not talking big differences between any of the options.)
BornInCA wrote:1.) Vanguard Total International Stock Index (VGTSX/VTIAX) (holds all non-US stocks including equities held by VSS)
2.) Vanguard Small Cap Value Index (VISVX/VSIAX) (a fund I would use to DCA in on the US-equity side)
3.) Vanguard Emerging Markets Index (VEIEX/VEMAX) (I believe of all the Vanguard index funds that don't charge purchase fees or redemption fees, this is the fund that experiences the highest price swings)
4.) Vanguard International Explorer (VINEX) (the Vanguard fund with no purchase or redemption fees whose asset class is closest to VSS although it owns only a few hundred stocks)
midareff wrote: Perhaps you should work on your disipline?
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