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An EFT, or exchange traded fund, is a marketable security that tracks an index, a commodity, bonds, or a basket of assets like an index fund. Unlike mutual funds, an ETF trades like a common stock on a stock exchange.
Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA)
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No-load mutual funds
A no-load fund is a mutual fund in which shares are sold without a commission or sales charge. This occurs because the shares are distributed directly by the investment company, instead of going through a secondary party.
A no-load investment is one in which the investor is not charged a commission fee — like a no-load mutual fund. Certain insurance companies offer “no-load” variable annuities, which are sold directly to investors and do not require commissioned sales people or brokers (but can often be purchased through brokers).
An investment certificate is an investment product offered by an investment company or brokerage firm designed to offer a competitive yield to an investor with the added safety of their principal.
Stocks and Bonds
Stocks, or shares of stock, represent an ownership interest in a corporation. Bondsare a form of long-term debt in which the issuing corporation promises to pay the principal amount at a specific date. Stocks pay dividends to the owners, but only if the corporation declares a dividend.
A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future college costs. 529 plans, legally known as “qualified tuition plans,” are sponsored by states, state agencies, or educational institutions and are authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Fee-Only Asset Management Programs
Fee-only financial planners are registered investment advisors with a fiduciary responsibility to act in their clients' best interest. They do not accept any fees or compensation based on product sales. Fee-only advisors have fewer inherent conflicts of interest, and they generally provide more comprehensive unbiased advice.