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October 04, 2009

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oldprof

Patrick -- These are very good points, especially for longer-term investors.

I intentionally limited the scope of ETF considerations to our own time frame, but it is important for investors to read the prospectus of the fund and consider many factors.

Thanks for another good contribution.

Jeff

Patrick

To me, the two important questions with ETFs are:

1. Does it follow the index I'm hoping to capture?
2. What is its expense ratio?

The ETFs weighting would only be a part of #1. If the ETF captures semi-conductors as well as another ETF, then I would take the one with the lowest expense ratio.

If the expense ratios are close enough, then index volatility would be important too. For example, a Russell 2000 ETF will have much more turnover and internal costs than a S&P 600 ETF.

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