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Strategies — 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Get Set to Rebalance Your Portfolio of Fixed Income Mutual Funds

    Get Set to Rebalance Your Portfolio of Fixed Income Mutual Funds

    Investors constantly hear encouragement to place their savings in the stock market. Even with the 401k at work, employees will receive memos from management telling them to take more risk with their retirement savings so as to outpace future inflation. The average investor does not like the stock market since he views it as a casino and could wipe out most of his assets. Then, the financial crisis […]

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  • Constructing a Diversified Portfolio of Mutual Funds

    Constructing a Diversified Portfolio of Mutual Funds

    Putting together a portfolio of mutual fund investments is similar in most ways to constructing a portfolio of stocks, bonds and other securities. The primary objectives are to select various combinations that will give you good diversification among company size, industries, and sectors while being positively reactive to the current economic conditions. Stocks should be mixed with bonds to temper the upside and downside swings in the markets. […]

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  • A Mutual Fund’s Performance May Not Tell the Whole Story

    A Mutual Fund’s Performance May Not Tell the Whole Story

    Investors of individual stocks will review many aspects of a particular company before buying a specific stock. There is a lot data available about each company, including past performance, company financials, growth trends, competitiveness, product innovation, etc. Mutual Fund investors have less information available about the funds. There will be sufficient information about the fund itself and how it has performed, expense ratios, top 10 security holdings, and […]

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  • Understanding Mutual Fund Holdings and the Securities Markets

    Understanding Mutual Fund Holdings and the Securities Markets

    Mutual funds come in many flavors. There are stock funds, bond funds, real estate funds, and commodity funds.  There are hybrid funds which invest in combinations of the basic funds.  Many mutual funds come with impressive names, such a Magellan, so that you do not really know what investments are in the fund. With all the choices, different investment objectives, and names, it is no wonder that average […]

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  • Target-Date Mutual Funds: The Basics

    Target-Date Mutual Funds: The Basics

    One of the more recent popular innovations in the mutual fund industry has been the creation of target-date mutual funds. Instead of burdening the investor with portfolio rebalancing throughout time (investor’s typically desire to take less risk as they age), the target-date fund systematically adjusts the portfolio to become less risky over time. While target-date funds were created in the 1990s, they have only recently started to gain […]

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