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Vanguard and DFA turn Dec. 17 into Black Friday sale by slashing fees on combined 67 funds -- including notable cut in ESG ETF to nine basis points

Two of the favorite RIA index fund suppliers put more coal in the stockings of competitors and showed the era of fee compression hasn't found bed rock, yet.

Author Brooke Southall December 18, 2021 at 1:46 AM
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David Booth continues to follow the Vanguard lead with price cuts and ETF conversions at DFA.


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