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Investing in Index Mutual Funds

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Understanding the types of mutual funds available and the strengths and weaknesses by type can help investors find the best mutual funds for their investment dollars. According to Investopedia.com, a website owned by Forbes, there are presently more than 10,000 mutual funds in North America. There are actively managed funds which have fund managers that select what stocks to buy and sell and there are also funds, termed index funds which invest in a basket of stocks with the goal of replicating the performance of a broad market index such as the S&P 500 or Dow Jones Industrial Average. An investor in an index fund can expect ...
(buys and sells) the fund's investments in accordance with the fund's investment objective. In the U.S., a fund registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under both SEC and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules must distribute nearly all of its net income and net realized gains from the sale of securities (if any) to its investors at least annually. Most funds are overseen by a board of directors or trustees (if the U.S. fund is organized as a trust as they commonly are) which is charged with ensuring the fund is managed appropriately by its investment adviser and other service organizations and ...
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Sometimes I am amazed that there is still a debate over investing in index mutual funds vs. actively managed mutual funds. Index funds have a proven record without the added risk. DSC stands for Deferred Sales Charge, and most class B mutual funds are DSC funds. This is something that you should really be on the lookout for. When you buy a mutual fund with a DSC you are not paying your financial advisor a commission directly but the fund company will pay your advisor a healthy commission, usually 5%. On top of the commission your advisor still gets a trailer fee, normally about 0.5%. Although you do not pay the commission out of ... market research, surveys and trends
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Sometimes I am amazed that there is still a debate over investing in index mutual funds vs. actively managed mutual funds. Index funds have a proven record without the added risk. Low load mutual funds work the same way as DSC funds. The financial advisor gets a lower commission, usually 3%, as a result the MER does not have to be increased as much and you are only locked in for 3-4 years instead of seven. A much better option for you, but not as good an option for your advisor since their commission is decreased. If you hold DSC funds you may want to ask your advisor way they did not offer you low load funds instead. Almost all ... market research, surveys and trends

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