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How do I get an ETF from ProShares into my IRA?

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:42 pm
by PackersFan12
I'm interested in getting SPXE (ProShare S&P 500 Ex-Energy ETF) into my IRA. I know we don't discuss politics on this board, but for my own reasons, I don't want to be invested in the energy sector going forward. I'm interested in getting this ETF, but I am not quite sure how I go about it.

I've never bought anything outside of Vanguard, so I'm not sure how to go about doing this. It appears I cannot buy this ETF through Vanguard.

Re: How do I get an ETF from ProShares into my IRA?

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:46 pm
by AlohaJoe
PackersFan12 wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:42 pm
I've never bought anything outside of Vanguard, so I'm not sure how to go about doing this. It appears I cannot buy this ETF through Vanguard.
Open an IRA somewhere else that does allow you to buy it. I think most brokers have help pages, tutorials, videos, and so on. There are also Youtube videos and blogs. We are in a golden age of learning how to do things for ourselves.

Re: How do I get an ETF from ProShares into my IRA?

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:09 pm
by retired@50
PackersFan12 wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:42 pm
I'm interested in getting SPXE (ProShare S&P 500 Ex-Energy ETF) into my IRA. I know we don't discuss politics on this board, but for my own reasons, I don't want to be invested in the energy sector going forward. I'm interested in getting this ETF, but I am not quite sure how I go about it.

I've never bought anything outside of Vanguard, so I'm not sure how to go about doing this. It appears I cannot buy this ETF through Vanguard.
Is there any chance your IRA isn't a brokerage account? Could it be that you're restricted to mutual funds only?

One telltale sign is that if your account has the "Upgrade" link just beneath your account title. If so, you may need to upgrade to the brokerage platform to complete the transaction. Having a brokerage account will allow you to hold both mutual funds and stocks/ETFs.

Regards,

Re: How do I get an ETF from ProShares into my IRA?

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:11 pm
by MotoTrojan
If Vanguard disallows this fund then I would check Fidelity next.

Re: How do I get an ETF from ProShares into my IRA?

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:38 pm
by Duckie
PackersFan12 wrote:It appears I cannot buy this ETF through Vanguard.
I can; I just checked. Are you on the mutual fund side of Vanguard or the brokerage side? You need to be on the brokerage side to buy anything other than Vanguard mutual funds.

I also checked Fidelity, E*Trade and TD Ameritrade. They all offer SPXE.

Re: How do I get an ETF from ProShares into my IRA?

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:46 pm
by David Jay
I can buy SPXE in my Vanguard IRA (I just tried)