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How to buy S&P index fund?

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How to buy S&P index fund?

Sorry..noob question here

Is it the same like buying stock? I have HSBC InvestDirect acc.
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Yes, just like buying a stock, with a ticker symbol, from your broker. Several available from different index providers.
XUS https://www.blackrock.com/ca/investors/ ... ts/251422/
ZSP https://www.bmo.com/gam/ca/investor/pro ... file%2FZSP
VFV https://www.vanguardcanada.ca/individua ... /?overview

The above are all listed on the TSX. You could also buy different ETFs from US providers, listed on US exchanges. If holding in an RRSP there are some tax savings from holding US listed ETFs, but it's more complex because you need to hold in US$.

Mandatory disclosure that you should look at overall portfolio design and asset allocation, rather than just focus on one market or segment. Asset allocation ETFs get you much broader diversification and simple portfolio management.
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1. Deposit money into your RRSP account (No withholding tax for US stocks in RRSP).
2. Convert CAD into USA using norbert gambit.
3. Buy VOO.
4. Forget about the funds until you are close to retirement.
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Arr sound a lot of study here..basically i want to put them in TFSA and RRSP
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kiasu wrote: Arr sound a lot of study here..basically i want to put them in TFSA and RRSP
If you need your hand held like that.
The above explanations do not require study. They actually just told you what to do.
Although they did give suggestions to optimize your earnings and tax treatment.

But if thats too much...
Just search the stock “XEI” and buy it...

Edit : ignore XEI suggestion. XSP is the one i used to own.
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UrbanPoet wrote: If you need your hand held like that.
The above explanations do not require study. They actually just told you what to do.
Although they did give suggestions to optimize your earnings and tax treatment.

But if thats too much...
Just search the stock “XEI” and buy it...
Ok so there r few stocks for S&P index and XEI is one of them?
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kiasu wrote: Ok so there r few stocks for S&P index and XEI is one of them?
yep. There could be better ones. That's a matter of debate.
If research and study is something you don't want to partake in... Then perhaps something like below is more suited to you. IT has exposure to S&P500
https://www.vanguardcanada.ca/advisors/ ... 9/balanced

only good for money you don't plan on touching the money for @ minimum 5+ years.
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UrbanPoet wrote: yep. There could be better ones. That's a matter of debate.
If research and study is something you don't want to partake in... Then perhaps something like below is more suited to you. IT has exposure to S&P500
https://www.vanguardcanada.ca/advisors/ ... 9/balanced

only good for money you don't plan on touching the money for @ minimum 5+ years.
thank you

the XEI is in CAD$....i have USD account for invest too..what is recommended which similar to XEI in US?
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TSLA is in that index just so you know but because Mr. Musk twitted $1t, I think market cap will reach that in little time as long as there is no big black swan in 2021.
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freilona wrote: XEI is NOT an S&P 500 ETF: https://www.blackrock.com/ca/investors/ ... -index-etf (and shouldn’t have been recommended in this thread - there’s enough confusion for OP and other beginners who might read it..)
Whoopsy! Youre right. I was just quickly looking down my list to provide an answer.

Edit : xsp was the one i used to own.
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freilona wrote: XEI is NOT an S&P 500 ETF: https://www.blackrock.com/ca/investors/ ... -index-etf (and shouldn’t have been recommended in this thread - there’s enough confusion for OP and other beginners who might read it..)
Ok i am confuse now. Then what is XEI? How do i tell or know which one is S&P indexs fund
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kiasu wrote: Ok i am confuse now. Then what is XEI? How do i tell or know which one is S&P indexs fund
“S&P 500” in ETF’s name might be a dead giveaway :) Try reading the links you were already provided or do some googling.
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so is VFV one of the S&P 500 ETF?
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kiasu wrote: so is VFV one of the S&P 500 ETF?
Google: “VFV ETF”:
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I hope you’re aware that index ETFs go up and down? You sound like someone who’ll be posting “I finally bought an ETF and it dropped 2% the next day what should I do?” Please do your homework now - or get a bank financial advisor to buy you mutual funds..

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