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  • Understanding Mutual Fund Risks, Part 2

    Understanding Mutual Fund Risks, Part 2

    In Part 1, we looked at five mutual fund risk categories—concentration, sector, price, business, and market—as well as how to evaluate those risks. Here we look at the other five major risk categories. Credit risk: Mutual funds are hardly confined to stocks. Plenty of bond funds are available as well. For such funds, credit risk becomes an issue. Broadly speaking, bonds (and bond risk levels) can be divided […]

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  • Understanding Mutual Fund Risks, Part 1

    Understanding Mutual Fund Risks, Part 1

    Sometimes investors tend to think of mutual funds as an investment panacea, since funds typically invest in a wide range of securities and thus provide automatic diversification. The tremendous amount of money invested in mutual funds also tends to reassure investors. According to the Investment Company Institute, total mutual fund investments reported to the Federal Reserve amounted to $2.564 trillion as of May 23, 2012. However, as with […]

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  • Can You Day Trade Mutual Funds?

    Can You Day Trade Mutual Funds?

    Day trading is the action of buying and selling a security or fund the same day. Mutual funds are only priced once each day, at the 4:00pm EST closing price of the NYSE. Therefore, it is technically impossible to day trade mutual funds. Day traders would more often use individual stocks or ETFs for their trading purposes since they can move in or out of these securities very […]

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  • Rebalancing Your Mutual Fund Portfolio

    Rebalancing Your Mutual Fund Portfolio

    A portfolio of mutual funds is no different from a portfolio of stocks, bonds, real estate, commodities, etc. when it comes to review and rebalancing. Average mutual fund investors tend to invest their money and then leave it alone for long periods of time, even years without adjusting their holdings. What is Rebalancing? When initially investing, investors should spread their money among a mixture of large and small […]

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  • Using T Rowe Price for All Mutual Fund Investments

    Using T Rowe Price for All Mutual Fund Investments

    Many investors will constantly search for the best performing mutual fund and end up placing their assets with many investment companies. However, searching this way is always based on the past performance of a fund, and is not an indicator of how the fund will perform in the future. Most investors do not have the knowledge or desire to do a proper search among the 7000+ funds in […]

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  • Investing in Leveraged Mutual Funds

    Investing in Leveraged Mutual Funds

    Investors are increasingly using Leveraged funds, both ETFs and Mutual Funds. Such funds can definitely provide enhanced returns to a properly constructed portfolio if the investor understands the risks involved and is using these funds in a specific investment strategy. Leveraged ETFs and Mutual Funds Most of the attention in recent years has been on the leveraged ETFs. What seems to get lost in discussions is that the […]

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  • The Iconic Fidelity Magellan Fund

    The Iconic Fidelity Magellan Fund

    Anyone who has been a mutual fund investor has heard of the Fidelity Magellan Fund. Started in 1963, this fund became the top mutual fund for many years during the late 1970’s – 1990’s. The primary reason was the stellar performance turned in by the Fund’s investment manager – Peter Lynch. In 1977, Lynch became head manager of this the little known Magellan Fund which had $18 million […]

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  • Profiting from Time Zone Differences with International Mutual Funds

    Profiting from Time Zone Differences with International Mutual Funds

    All US mutual funds are priced once per day, at the 4:00pm EST closing time of the New York Stock Exchange. It does not matter where the fund’s underlying securities are invested. If an investor has his assets in an international country specific mutual fund that invests only in Japanese companies, this mutual fund will still strike its daily NAV or Net Asset Value at 4:00pm EST (New […]

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  • Investing in Single Country International Mutual Funds

    Investing in Single Country International Mutual Funds

    Single country mutual funds are funds that invest all their assets in companies located within one country. These funds can be quite alluring and the top performers change continuously. They can also be quite dangerous if the investor does not know why a particular fund is performing the way it is. Advantage of Single Country Mutual Funds The economies of most countries do not move together. Even in […]

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  • Hedging a Mutual Fund Portfolio with Inverse ETF’s

    Hedging a Mutual Fund Portfolio with Inverse ETF’s

    It would be nice if the stock market went up in a straight line and no unexpected events occurred to send stock prices down. The world just does not work that way. Negative events occur almost daily which could affect the stock prices. Investment managers deal with the potential of negative events by Hedging their portfolios. Hedging can be thought of as insurance against losses due to negative […]

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