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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 ...
Index mutual funds are linked to financial benchmarks, such as the S&P 500. Is an index fund investment a safe, or risky financial venture? As with any investment, index mutual funds have much to offer, including some degree of risk. They are ideal for novice investors, who do not have the time or energy to thoroughly evaluate and follow actively managed funds. Index fund investing also will benefit experienced investors, who are in search of a greater sense of balance for their portfolio. Ultimately, with a basic knowledge of the unique role of index funds, their potential performance, ... Read More
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