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John Bogle at BH15.jpgWelcome to the Bogleheads® wiki, a collaborative undertaking by members of the Bogleheads Community. This wiki is a reference resource for investors. Bogleheads emphasize starting early, living below one's means, regular saving, broad diversification, and sticking to one's investment plan.

If all this seems a bit overwhelming, relax and don't panic. A good place to begin is getting started. Returning visitors may be interested in our new pages.

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Today's featured article

Tax-efficient fund placement is an issue facing investors holding both tax-advantaged and taxable accounts. The tax code recognizes different sources of investment income which are taxed at different rates, or, are taxed at a later time (tax "deferred"). An asset's tax efficiency (the impact of taxes on an investment) is affected by both its expected return and the tax rate on such return.

All investors must pay their fair share of taxes. This article describes how to minimize taxes through appropriate placement of investments in tax deferred or taxable (pay taxes now) accounts. (more...)

This week in financial history

January 16:

  • 1808 - The Borsa Italiana of Milan, Italy's main stock exchange, was founded on January 16, 1808. Share trading began on February 15, 1808. Source: Bicentennial press release

January 17:

  • 1792 - Today is the birthday of the dollar sign ($), as it shows up for the first time on a federal document — a U.S. Treasury bond issued to George Washington. Source: Feature: This Day in Business History The Houston Economics Club.

January 18:

  • 1864 - The Hungarian Stock Exchange, the predecessor of today’s Budapest Stock Exchange (BSE) began its operation on 18 January 1864 in Pest. Source: Brief history of the Exchange

January 19:

  • 1976 - The New York Stock Exchange installed a new high-speed data line and began transmitting market data at up to 36,000 Characters a minute. (Source)

January 22:

  • 1997 - Standard & Poor's Depositary Receipts (SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF) were launched by State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) as the first exchange-traded fund in the United States (preceded by the short-lived Index Participation Shares that launched in 1989). The ETF was designed and developed by a team led by Nathan Most. Source: The 15 Most Important ETFs

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