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Smart Investor — Mutual Fund Nation-Stock, Income, Bond Funds
  • 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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  • 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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  • Should You Invest in the Most Popular Mutual Funds?

    Should You Invest in the Most Popular Mutual Funds?

    There are thousands of mutual funds available to investors. Some become more popular than others for several simple reasons. The word “popular” means investors are putting more money into a particular fund compared to all other funds. Essentially, popular mutual funds mean the largest mutual funds in the universe of all funds available for investment. It is easy to identify the most popular funds. Simply do a Google […]

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  • Comparing Load vs. No-Load Mutual Funds

    Comparing Load vs. No-Load Mutual Funds

    All investors expect to pay certain expenses or fees when they buy a security or other investment. If they invest in mutual funds, it is logical to assume that the management company will have expenses in managing the fund. However, many mutual funds charge additional fees. It is important to understand the various fees that may be charged since high fees will quickly erode the investment returns experienced […]

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  • Why Average Investors Prefer Mutual Funds over ETF’s

    Why Average Investors Prefer Mutual Funds over ETF’s

    Many articles have been written on the pros and cons of both mutual funds and Electronically Traded Funds, or ETF’s. Both methods of investing are simply a group of particular securities (stocks, bonds, commodities, etc.) bundled into one investment product and reflecting one price of all the underlying securities. Mutual Funds vs. ETF’s The major differences between the two concepts: ETF’s trade on the market exchanges, such as […]

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  • How to Select a Mutual Fund Family Among all the Choices

    How to Select a Mutual Fund Family Among all the Choices

    When considering a mutual fund investment, many investors will attempt to find the best historic fund performance at the lowest cost. They do this by researching through online services, such as Morningstar, which will display a number of funds based on the search criteria. These investors will then usually open a brokerage account and have the broker buy into the mutual fund. They do this so that they […]

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  • Top Mutual Fund Warning Signs

    Top Mutual Fund Warning Signs

    While the creation of the mutual fund has been incredibly beneficial for the average investor, it is important to evaluate all sides of what mutual fund have to offer. Mutual funds do provide instant diversification and bring professional management to the individual investor, but are there any downsides? In particular, when evaluating a mutual fund you should be wary of these three warning signs of a bad mutual […]

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  • A History of the Mutual Fund, Part II

    A History of the Mutual Fund, Part II

    Part I of our series in the history of the mutual fund traced the introduction of a similar type of investment vehicle back to 1774 in the Netherlands. While this first fund and subsequent others based in Europe invested in American colony plantation bonds, US railroad bonds, and other American securities, funds were not launched in the United Stated for over a century. The first pooled investment vehicle […]

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  • A History of the Mutual Fund, Part I

    A History of the Mutual Fund, Part I

    Many investors view the mutual fund as a modern invention, which makes sense as the first open-end mutual fund structure in America has its roots in the 1920s. However, investment vehicles with a similar structure and ideals were offered overseas hundreds of years before. As with most inventions, the now-common mutual fund was once nothing more than a good idea. Most historians credit the introduction of this idea […]

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