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ETF Expense Ratios Between Countries

On 05/17/2013, in Exchange Traded Funds, by Jordan Wilson

“I am considering buying an iShares S&P 500 tracker exchange traded fund. In the United Kingdom where I live, the annual total expense ratio is significantly higher than the exact same fund if I buy it on an American exchange. Why does an identical exchange traded fund (ETF), from the same provider, have a different expense ratios in different countries?”

That is a question recently posed by a reader. A very good question.

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