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Strategies — Mutual Fund Nation-Stock, Income, Bond Funds
  • 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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  • Why Invest in Mutual Funds vs. Individual Securities?

    Why Invest in Mutual Funds vs. Individual Securities?

    Average investors have two avenues for investing in various markets: do it themselves, or have someone else do it for them. The Self-Investors will open a brokerage account and buy individual securities. The “hire-a-manager” crowd will either hire a professional portfolio manager, usually a brokerage firm, or invest their assets in funds. While there is steadily growing interest in Electronically Traded Funds (ETF’s), mutual funds are still the […]

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  • ETF and Mutual Fund Differences

    ETF and Mutual Fund Differences

    While the mutual fund industry is much larger and older than the fledgling Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) industry, the size and scope of ETFs are growing at a rapid rate as ETFs become a popular investment choice for many investors. The mutual fund market manages over $12.5 trillion in assets across 7,500 funds, compared to just over $1.1 trillion in roughly 1,000 ETFs; however, there are some important […]

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  • Should You Invest In Sector Mutual Funds?

    Should You Invest In Sector Mutual Funds?

    While the first few decades of the modern mutual fund industry was largely occupied with building up a large variety of broad market and style funds (along with index funds), recent years have seen the expanse of much more specialized funds. One of the innovative offerings by mutual funds companies includes sector funds—mutual funds that invest only the companies that operate in a given market sector, such as […]

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  • Gold Mutual Funds vs ETFs

    Gold Mutual Funds vs ETFs

    Most investors have read articles on the merits of investing in gold. Normally used as a hedge against inflation, gold has been attracting much attention in 2010 and 2011 with the price hitting new all-time highs. Most financial planners suggest that a portion of any investor’s portfolio be invested in commodities, especially gold. Gold does not move in concert with stocks and bonds, which makes it an excellent […]

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  • Why Should You Invest in Mutual Funds?

    Why Should You Invest in Mutual Funds?

    Considering all the investment opportunities available today and how easy it is to simply trade individual stocks online, why should you consider investing in a stodgy mutual fund? Do your friends or co-workers ever discuss mutual funds with outstanding long-term performance, or do they brag about the penny stocks they buy and the exciting world of commodities? Despite all the excitement over alternative investments and day-trading stocks, a […]

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