A bond ladder has advantages over a bond fund or ETF. The shorter the time span in which you will liquidate your bond holdings, the more valuable it is.
Holding international stock funds in a taxable account gives you foreign tax credit, but claiming it on IRS Form 1116 has become too much hassle.
Using a special order type will make your ETF order behave like a mutual fund order. This minimizes the price fluctuation when you harvest tax losses.
Fidelity used to accept ETF orders in dollars with fractional shares only in its mobile app. Now the same functionality is also online.
In light of $0 commissions, you get the best of both worlds when you choose who manages your investments and who manages your accounts separately.
Fidelity supports placing orders for ETFs in dollars in its mobile app now. Online interface and automatic investing should be next.
This article lists the best index fund and ETF choice for each asset class when you invest at Fidelity.
ETF providers will continue to pay brokers for preferential treatment. Other brokers will still want to keep assets away from Vanguard.
How I voted on the Vanguard 2017 proxy proposals.
Fidelity’s Total International Index Fund is more diversified than its other international index funds.
How often a mutual fund or ETF pays dividends doesn’t affect its performance.
Morningstar’s data and ratings on mutual funds aren’t that useful when you invest in index funds.