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Smart Investor — Mutual Fund Nation-Stock, Income, Bond Funds
  • The Title of a Mutual Fund Can Be Deceiving

    The Title of a Mutual Fund Can Be Deceiving

    Most investors are familiar with mutual funds, though they may not totally understand how they work. As of 2010, there were over 7,000 registered mutual funds managing more than $12 trillion in assets for nearly 90 million U.S. investors. How can a mutual fund differentiate itself from other funds to bring in new investors? Many of the mutual fund companies start with the naming of their funds. In the […]

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  • Decoding Morningstar’s Mutual Fund Analysis

    Decoding Morningstar’s Mutual Fund Analysis

    If you have spent any time at all analyzing mutual funds, you have probably run across ratings and analysis from the investment research firm Morningstar. While Morningstar provides research on stocks and market data on a large variety of financial products, the firm is perhaps most widely known for its research and ratings of mutual funds, especially the ubiquitous Morningstar Style Box and Star ratings. The Morningstar Style […]

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  • Mutual Fund Mechanics

    Mutual Fund Mechanics

    The mutual fund industry is vast and complex, managing over $12.5 trillion spread across more than 7,500 mutual funds. While most investors probably hold a large percentage of their investments in mutual funds, how many truly understand the inner workings of mutual funds and how they are structured? With our guide, you will quickly learn the basics of how the mutual fund industry operates. The entire premise of […]

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  • Sector Rotation With Mutual Funds

    Sector Rotation With Mutual Funds

    Mutual fund investment strategies can be boiled down into two distinct groups: passive investing and active investing. Passive investing, which for the purposes of this article includes actively managed funds that are passively held in a portfolio, is also called the buy-and-hold approach—investors simply buy the mutual fund and plan to hold the shares for 10, 20, or even 50 years. However, while buy-and-hold proponents can make a […]

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  • Growth Investing with Mutual Funds

    Growth Investing with Mutual Funds

    Some of the biggest names in investing have been dedicated growth-stock investors.  These investors believe that they can outperform their peers and the market by investing in companies that will grow market share and earnings more rapidly than competitors; often, these companies are small since small companies are able to achieve higher growth rates relative to large companies. This strategy, broadly called growth investing, is pursued because the […]

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  • Value Investing with Mutual Funds

    Value Investing with Mutual Funds

    Many of the most famous and successful money managers have been value-oriented investors. These investors believe that they can outperform their peers and the market by investing in undervalued (or underpriced) stocks. This strategy, broadly called value investing, is pursued when the manager believes that the market price of the stock is below its true value. Value investors believe that they can outperform the market because these undervalued […]

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  • How To Invest Internationally with Mutual Funds

    How To Invest Internationally with Mutual Funds

    One of the greatest benefits of an increasingly “flat” globe is the ability for individuals to invest internationally, thus improving diversification and potentially earning higher returns or incurring less risk. While the market capitalization of the NYSE and NASDAQ combined is very large (approximately $19 trillion as of April 2011), the US exchanges are only a part of the $59 trillion global marketplace. Those investors who restrict their […]

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  • Fixed Income Mutual Funds

    Fixed Income Mutual Funds

    Misunderstanding Fixed Income Mutual Funds Many invests have put much of their assets in fixed income mutual funds over the past years. This is understandable given the turmoil in the stock markets, low interest rates on bank savings accounts, and perceived safety of bond funds. Investors use the bond funds primarily to gain additional income in their portfolios. Investors could buy individual bonds to create their income portfolio. […]

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  • What To Avoid When Choosing Mutual Funds

    What To Avoid When Choosing Mutual Funds

    There are over 7,500 mutual funds in the United States. This statistic can easily overwhelm and discourage an investor from taking the time to pick a good mutual fund; how is it possible to pick the best fund from over 7,500 choices? Good news: you don’t have to! By evaluating the fees and size of a mutual fund, you can quickly separate the good funds from the bad. […]

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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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