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Mutual Fund Fees — 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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  • Understanding the Various Expenses Charged by Mutual Funds

    Understanding the Various Expenses Charged by Mutual Funds

    There are a number of fees that mutual funds may legally charge shareholders. The fees can be one time charges or annual charges. The types of fees imposed depend upon the fund being rated as a Load Fund or No-Load fund. Load vs. No-Load Funds A Load mutual fund charges a number of fees to pay for sales related expenses. These funds are marketed to the public by […]

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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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  • Understanding Mutual Fund Fees

    Understanding Mutual Fund Fees

    One of the most important factors to consider when evaluating a mutual fund is the assortment of fees that you may pay to buy, hold, and/or sell the mutual fund. However, there are many different types of fees that are charged to cover a variety of expenses, such as the portfolio manger’s salary, administrative costs, etc. We can break these fees down into two categories: sales fees and […]

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