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Mutual Funds As A Long Term Investment

Mutual Funds are a long term investment. Period. Nothing short-term about them, no day trading. They are meant for the serious investor that is willing to take the time needed to grow their wealth over a long period of time. Why are mutual funds like that? Well, a mutual fund is a collection of stocks, bonds or money market securities, which have been bundled together in one offering based on not only the goal, but the past performance of the individual components. They are taken as a who........ Read More

Stocks, Bonds, & Mutual Funds

When it comes to investing your money for retirement, mutual funds are, more times than not, the way to go. If you have read a number of personal finance articles, you might notice that writers continually talk about these funds. Still, they often fail to explain the basic premise behind mutual funds; so many investors have a limited idea of what they are. Starting Steps Before you can fully understand mutual funds, you have to have a basic knowledge of stocks, bonds, and other important t........ Read More

The Basics Of Mutual Fund Classes

In order to get the most out of your returns, without paying a high fee, you need to be aware of the different classes of mutual fund stocks and their advantages and disadvantages. Mutual fund companies often charge a higher fee when you opt to invest in ‘high risk high return’ stocks. However, paying higher fees does not necessarily ensure high returns because stock prices fluctuate on a daily basis. This makes it difficult even for professional fund managers to predict the future course of........ Read More

Selling Mutual Funds

So, you have got this mutual fund and it has not been performing like you thought it would and now you need to find all the information you can about selling mutual funds. Just for starters you need to understand some basic tactics. The first thing you should do is get in touch with your broker, or whomever you bought the mutual fund from in the first place. They should be able to help you sell it. They will ask you if you want to sell for net or gross. Selling for net means you will have t........ Read More

How To Avoid A Bad Mutual Fund

We have all heard the advantages of investing in a mutual fund over trying to pick individual stocks. First of all mutual funds hire professional analysts that are market experts and devout many hours of study to the various stocks. Unless you want to devout a large portion of your free time to the study of the financial reports, you probably won't have as much information to make a decision as a mutual fund manager. Then there is the well documented advantage of diversification. Risk is reduce........ Read More

Be Cautious When Studying Mutual Fund Ratings

Wherever you look, you will find various rating systems on mutual funds, each of which uses a different approach. All of them are designed to weed through the thousands of funds to get to the best ones. But is there really such a thing? Does a high rating really mean a fund will do better in the future? Many people seem to think so. A recent study showed that Morningstar, North America's most recognized rating system for funds, has a tremendous influence on fund sales. If Morningstar gives a fiv........ Read More

Mutual Fund Cons

Just as there are many benefits to investing your hard earned dollars in mutual funds there are a few drawbacks to this decision as well. In order to make a truly informed investment decision you need to be aware of both the pros and cons of mutual fund investing before you make the decision as to whether or not this style of investing is suitable to meet your financial needs now and in the future. Keep reading for a little bit of enlightening information on the downside of investing in mutual........ Read More

Reit Mutual Funds

If you have been thinking about investing in real estate but do not like the idea of managing actual properties then real estate investment trusts or REIT mutual funds would be perfect for you. You can hold shares in commercial or residential real estate and never have to hassle with collecting the rents or having to maintain the properties. You can research these funds online then send away for the prospectus for each one that interests you but then call and talk to a financial advisor to get........ Read More

Market Timing With Your Mutual Funds

When investing in bonds, stocks, or mutual funds, investors have the opportunity to increase their rate of return by timing the market - investing when stock markets go up and selling before they decline. A good investor can either time the market prudently, select a good investment, or employ a combination of both to increase his or her rate of return. However, any attempt to increase your rate of return by timing the market entails higher risk. Investors who actively try to time the market sho........ Read More

Silver Mutual Funds

Silver, like gold, basically offers the investor a hedge against what the stock market is actually doing. Precious metals can tend to go the opposite direction of the stock market because they stay strong in a down-turned economy. Silver mutual funds are a great way to invest. Some may prefer to own the actual precious metal like silver pieces or gold bars but if you do not have an extremely safe place to keep the precious metal then a better idea would be to invest in silver mutual funds. ........ Read More

Why You Should Avoid Load Mutual Funds (part 2)

Copyright 2006 Michael Saville Paying a load is akin to throwing away most or all of the supposed advantage you get from having a salesman choose a fund for you. If it's true that asset allocation accounts for 95 percent of investment results over long periods of time, then only 5 percent is left over as a reward for having the "right" fund and the "right" manager. But even if a salesman could help you pick that "right" fund, paying him a commission of 5 percent wipes out the benefit. When you........ Read More

Top 100 Mutual Funds

How do you find out which are the top 100 mutual funds? You can talk to your financial advisor or do some research online. These are probably your best options but be careful. Whoever you talk to may just have an agenda and skew the results of their top 100 list in their direction because they have something to gain from steering you in that direction. You can make your own list of the top 100 mutual funds if you have the time and the inclination. First, though, make a list of what interes........ Read More

Why Are Mutual Funds Popular?

Mutual funds are probably one of the most popular choices in investing today. If you are wondering why they are so popular there are as many reasons as there are investors. Some of the biggest reasons will be discussed here. First of all, mutual funds are inexpensive when compared to some stocks and do not carry the hefty commissions that go along with trading through the stock market in many cases. The relative inexpensiveness of mutual funds when compared to other stock purchases make th........ Read More

What Are Mutual Funds Loads?

Copyright 2006 Michael Saville Loads are the most talked about fees that mutual funds charge. A "load" on a mutual fund is just another way of saying that the fund charges a sales commission for purchase, sale, or both. There are funds that charge loads and there are funds that do not charge loads (known as "load funds" and "no load funds" respectively). Front-end loads are sales commissions that are paid up front at the time of your purchase. So, if you give a fund a $10,000 investment and it........ Read More

How To Pick A Profitable Mutual Fund

We have all heard the advantages of investing in a mutual fund over trying to pick individual stocks. First of all mutual funds hire professional analysts that are market experts and devout many hours of study to the various stocks. Unless you want to devout a large portion of your free time to the study of the financial reports, you probably won’t have as much information to make a decision as a mutual fund manager. Then there is the well documented advantage of diversification. Risk is redu........ Read More


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