These include NYSE, NASDAQ and AMEX
For a stock to be listed on the NYSE there is a rule that it's price must remain above 1 USD. During the sell off in 2009, this rule was temporarily suspended.
This is annoying. I apparently did too many day trades and suddenly need to have a balance of 25K USD. I can fill this soon, but I am wondering if I can wait 5 days and it'll be OK again. Nope, it looks like the account was flagged. If you maintain a 25K balance in each of your accounts you can avoid this rule.
IVV has an expense ratio of only 0.09%. It is listed on the NYSE
I couldn't find an easy way to buy bonds. ETFs seem easy enough to understand. Here's a quick table of collated info on iShares fixed income (bonds) funds.
IB provides access to bonds directly. There's also preferred stock which are similar to bonds.
iShares Fixed Income funds
|Ticker||Name||MER||Net Assets (M USD)|
|AGG||Lehman Aggregate Bond Fund||0.24%||9702|
|SHY||Lehman 1-3 Year Treasury Bond Fund||0.15%||9156|
|IEI||Lehman 3-7 Year Treasury Bond Fund||0.15%||824|
|IEF||Lehman 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Fund||0.15%||2843|
|TLH||Lehman 10-20 Year Treasury Bond Fund||0.15%||118|
|TLT||Lehman 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund||0.15%||1564|
|SHV||Lehman Short Treasury Bond Fund||0.15%||1438|
|TIP||Lehman TIPS Bond Fund||0.29%||8148|
|GBP||Lehman Government/Credit Bond Fund||0.20%||91|
|GVI||Lehman Intermediate Government/Credit Bond Fund||0.20%||215|
|HYG||iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond Fund||0.50%||939|
|LQD||iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond Fund||0.15%||4061|
|CSJ||Lehman 1-3 Year Credit Bond Fund||0.20%||584|
|CFT||Lehman Credit Bond Fund||0.20%||87|
|CIU||Lehman Intermediate Credit Bond Fund||0.20%||295|
|CMF||S&P California Municipal Bond Fund||0.25%||114|
|MUB||S&P National Municipal Bond Fund||0.25%||686|
|NYF||S&P New York Municipal Bond Fund||0.25%||30|
|MBB||Lehman MBS Bond Fund||0.36%||781|
|EMB||JPMorgan USD Emerging Markets Bond Fund||0.60%||117|