Mutual Funds

Many first-time investors find that mutual funds make a lot of sense for them:  Many of the most complicated details of investing through the stock market are taken care of for you.  Could mutual funds be the best investment strategy for you?  Read our guide to mutual funds and find out!

In the first installment, we take a look at how mutual funds differ from standard stocks and bonds.  We will also look at a few different types of mutual funds and show you the different ways they allow you to accumulate wealth.

Because mutual funds are so popular with novice investors, the number of funds available for you to invest in has skyrocketed.  Having more choice is typically good for consumers, but it can lead to a lot of confusion.  In the second segment of our Mutual Fund Guide, we will give you some valuable tips about what to look for when choosing a mutual fund.

Once you have the general ideas about mutual funds down, you can start to investigate actual funds you might be interested in.  As you shop around, you may find different types of terminology or expressions which you don’t understand.  After reading our guide to the different types of mutual funds, you should have no trouble navigating between different types of funds.

Now that you know how to tell the difference between types of funds, you will likely be comparing funds using mutual fund tables.  In this section, you will find instructions on how to glean useful information from these intimidating tables.  Don’t worry, though! Once you know how to read them, you will wonder why you were ever confused.

Because mutual funds have managers, there are additional fees associated with mutual funds that you will not find with other types of stocks.  Don’t let these fees come as a surprise to you.  It is very important to be aware of what you will be charged, as fees can quickly eat up your profits.  Read our guide to the true Costs of Mutual Funds.

After having read all of this material, you will be well prepared to consider whether mutual funds are one of the right financial products for you.  Make the right choice by considering The Advantages and Disadvantages of Mutual Funds.

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