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Old 06-27-2012, 07:27 AM   #1
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Looking to invest some funds in the near future. Read about mutual funds and ETFs. Which would be a better investment? As I nderstand there are significate fees involved with mutual funds. Since I am new to investing, would it be smart to get some S&P 500 ETFs and then some spare cash to play with stocks? Which platform would be good for this? I am read some regarding vanguard and morningstar.

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ETFs are generally a cheaper alternative to mutual funds, the trouble is they also bring about a few more challenges with understanding how they work - especially how and where their distributions come from.

Morningstar is a great resource for research and opinion. Biggest piece of advice I can give you is to be well versed, have a good understanding of the products, and never trust buy/sell ratings because 9 times out of 10 they are a lagging indicator.
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whatever amount you want to invest. put half into TEVA and the other half into EMC. let it sit for a bit. you're welcome.
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whatever amount you want to invest. put half into TEVA and the other half into EMC. let it sit for a bit. you're welcome.
Any particular reason?

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If you're just starting out put the money in low-cost Vanguard index funds. SP500 (VFINX) and other domestic/foreign index funds are good choices.
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Is it worth getting Morningstar membership or can just as good information be found online elsewhere?
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