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ETFs In 401(k)s
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[Opinion]
Dec. 23, 2010
Excerpt: The only reason ETFs haven't kicked funds to the curb in 401(k)s is really record-keeping. 401(k) accounting systems are designed for end-of-day batch transactions and fractional shares. That way, employees can know that $500 goes to their favorite fund, without worrying about how many shares that gets them. It's kind of the whole point of regular investing -- fire and forget. ETFs confound this: They trade intraday, and they trade in whole shares.

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