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With $9.6 trillion in assets, the U.S. mutual fund industry remained the largest in the world at year-end 2008. Nevertheless, total net assets fell $2.4 trillion from year-end 2007’s level, largely reflecting the sharp drop in equity prices experienced worldwide in 2008. Investor demand for mutual funds slowed in 2008 with net new cash flow to all types of mutual funds amounting to $411 billion, less than half the pace seen in 2007. Investor demand for certain types of mutual funds appeared to be driven in large part by deteriorating financial market conditions, especially in the second half of 2008. Stock mutual funds ...
With the current stock market volatility, you may be tempted to get out of the market and put everything in cash. If you do this today, with money market rates at 2.25% and the inflation rate at 4%, you will be guaranteed a negative “real rate of return.” However, by investing in a variety of different asset classes, you will lower your portfolio risk and, over time, have a higher investment return. Allocate all of your liquid assets – Common investment wisdom recognizes that asset allocation can produce up to 90% of your total investment return. When ... Read More
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