Author Archive: indexfundfan
The big debate of the benefits of adding CCF (collateralized commodities futures) funds to a portfolio continues on the Diehards forum (48981). As for myself, I had previously bought PCRIX as part of my Precious Metal / Commodity asset class allocation but decided to eliminate it due to difficulties in re-balancing and performing DCA (PCRIX is a transaction-fee fund at VBS). I replaced it with VGPMX instead.
The new ETF DBC sounds interesting but I would defer any consideration until the expense ratio is lowered to at least below 0.8%.
I have been looking at various international money transfer options. The following three looks interesting:
Xe seems to be using the transfer services of Custom House and I came across OrderWires from a Google Ad. Another option is to use Citibank’s online international wire service at $30 a pop.
Recently, Washington Mutual introduced a FREE checking account that is supposed to provide FREE domestic and international wire services. That might be another viable cheap option.
Vanguard Diehard enels today posted (49075) a link to asset classes returns from 1927 to 2005. This is a valuable resource for any future use when I might want to run various portfolio return/risk scenarios. I am saving a copy of the file.
Here is the link — http://www.tamasset.com/Site/TAM.html