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Index funds for foreigners (non-us investors)

UPDATE. (2019) You can not buy USD Index funds in InteractiveBrokers if you are EU citizen/company. 


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So I got some cash idle in account after the crypto arbitrage and though we have 9 year bull market and even such tables:

Perspective: S&P500

1997 -2000 +2x
2000 -2002 -50%
2002 -2007 +2x
2007 – 2009 -50%
2009 -2018 +~3x

I still believe there is 50/50 chance for Bull/Bear market in next 10 years. (currentS&P500 is @ 2767)

My initial idea with stock market was to make an passive index myself, buying stocks from S&P500 for the same amount. Buy i noticed it takes too much time, so i decided to go for the index funds and delete the IB trader app from my laptop.

The problem: foreigners can not buy low cost Vanguard index funds. The solution: I decided to buy iShares ETFs by BlackRock.

I have chosen:

  • ITOT Expense ratio 0.03%. (6.6% of my stock portfolio)
  • IJR Expense ratio 0.07%. (15% of my stock portfolio) (Small cap companies)
  • ICOL Expense ratio 0.61% (9% of my stock portfolio) (Columbia)
  • QQQC Expense ratio 0.65% (10% of my stock portfolio) (Chinese tech companies)

My current strategy is to continue investing in P2P loans with collateral, after the market crash of 20%+ start accumulating ITOT.

  • 40% of my stock portfolio is invested in indexes/ETFs
  • 9% of my net worth is invested in stock market.
  • 6.8% of all stock portfolio is in Softbank

Currently i hold these stocks:

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  1. ASH


    I stumbled upon your article when I was looking for ways to invest in the S&P 500. I have a question:
    I heard it is not a good idea to invest in this index if one is basically looking for dividend passive income as the dividend annual yield is only about 3% max. Is that true ? what is your suggestion for stock market passive income with high returns ?


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