Author Topic: VANGUARD ETF's vs. Admiral Funds  (Read 1195 times)


  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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VANGUARD ETF's vs. Admiral Funds
« on: December 04, 2017, 10:20:37 AM »
There may be a thread somewhere else on here about this, but in general, why do the vanguard ETF's not get much attention? They are nearly the same in terms of expense ratio. I actually also like the ability to see intraday fluctuation as well (not that it matters, just nice when I login knowing I'm seeing real time market values). Is there any sort of tax reason as to why you would want ETF's over the mutual fund equivalents? Or vice versa. I've done some research and I've found little nuances here and there. For instance you can convert an ETF to the mutual fund equivalent, but not vice versa. I am just struggling with understanding why you would want to do that if the expense ratios are the same? . I have looked at the bogleheads link describing the differences. That link basically just reinforced my thought as to why the ETF's don't seem to get much attention. Maybe my question is, what are the disadvantages to ETF's (vanguard speaking)? Curious about your all's feedback on this


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Re: VANGUARD ETF's vs. Admiral Funds
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2017, 11:02:18 AM »
Yeah, the site search feature is not very good, but Google can do it:

With ETF's, you pay b/o spread each transaction. Plus, you can't buy partial shares or set up automatic investments on ETFs. Pros are tax efficiency EDIT: and that you can get it when you don't have enough to meet Vanguard's minimum initial investment.

Couple more links with info: