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Featured — Mutual Fund Nation-Stock, Income, Bond Funds
  • 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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  • Evaluating Mutual Fund Returns

    Evaluating Mutual Fund Returns

    One of the easiest ways to analyze a mutual fund is to look at its performance—this is an objective, easy-to-find, concise measure of how well the portfolio manager has done in choosing investments. This analysis is so common that nearly all investors recognize and trust the Morningstar ‘Star Rating’ in regards to how a mutual fund has performed relative to its peers. However, mutual fund returns can be […]

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  • Open End vs. Closed End Funds

    Open End vs. Closed End Funds

    While the overall mutual fund industry can be broken down into various segments— stock vs. bond, growth vs. value, etc. – one important distinction must be made regarding the mutual fund’s structure: is it open-end or closed-end? Many investors are not even aware of the existence of closed-end mutual funds, as this industry is much smaller than the open-end fund industry. However, the distinct characteristics of closed-end funds […]

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