Mutual Funds Articles

  1. Top Retirement Investments For 2011

    These investments are perfect ways to maximize your earning potential in preperation for retirement.
  2. How To Legally Form A Hedge Fund

    Research is key before you take any steps in forming a hedge fund, as there are many options available.
  3. How To Position Your Money For The Stock Market Rebound

    What do you need to do with your funds to prepare yourself for an improved stock market?
  4. 10 Ways ETFs Can Grow Your Portfolio

    Implement the core/satellite approach used by money managers for better returns and lower risk.
  5. Inverse ETFs Can Lift A Falling Portfolio

    These funds can reduce your exposure to market risk or enhance portfolio performance.
  6. The Hidden Costs Of Investing In Mutual Funds

    Find the hidden fees in your portfolio, so that you can increase your rate of return.
  7. Money Market Mutual Funds: A Better Savings Account

    An good alternative to the traditional savings account is the money market mutual fund. It's easy, safe and has better returns.
  8. What Investment Is Best For You?

    ETFs, mutual funds, hedge funds and advisory firms are just some of the choices to consider.
  9. 7 Common Investor Mistakes

    Find out how to avoid - or fix - these frequent investing errors.
  10. Evaluating Hedge Fund Performance

    Most investors are aware of hedge funds, but many don't know the dirty details of this unique investment type.
  11. Uncovering The ETF Wrap

    Tax benefits, low expense ratios and flexibility - discover the advantages of this managed money product.
  12. Introduction To Inflation-Protected Securities

    Inflation is an enemy to investors - except to those who invest in IPS, which guarantee a real rate of return with no credit risk.
  13. Water: The Ultimate Commodity

    Opportunities to invest in this scarce resource are flowing freely - dive in!
  14. The Benefits Of An Investment Club

    Don't want to be a passive investor? Discover how investment clubs allow you to take control of your portfolio.
  15. Massive Hedge Fund Failures

    Flying high one day but not the next - see the stories behind some spectacular meltdowns.
  16. 6 Ways To Improve Your Portfolio Returns Today

    These historically tested methods will improve your investment results.
  17. Trade Forex With A Directional Strategy

    Opening long or short positions to cash in on a trend is one of the simplest ways to trade forex.
  18. A Guide To Hedge Fund Startup Services

    We review some options, service providers and processes you can follow while starting up your hedge fund.
  19. A Guide To Investor Fees

    Fees are one of the most important determinants of investment performance and something that every investor should know.
  20. Stop Paying High Mutual Fund Fees

    Discover how investment strategies and expense ratios impact your mutual fund's returns.
  21. Top 5 Most Stable Stocks

    These stocks represent areas of safety for your portfolio, even in the most volatile of times.
  22. Investing In Leisure Funds

    If you thought investing and fun don't go together, think again. Find out more here.
  23. Benchmark Your Returns With Indexes

    If your portfolio is always falling short, you may not be making an apples-to-apples comparison.
  24. An Introduction To Sector Mutual Funds

    Investing among several different sectors in the economy is a way to diversify your portfolio.
  25. Creating Highly Effective Hedges With Index LEAPS

    Index LEAPS can be a highly effective way to hedge a retirement portfolio consisting of index or mutual funds, without the effort of short-term options trading.
  26. 5 Unusual IRA Investments Options

    These investment vehicles are less common, but could provide great returns while diversifying your retirement holdings.
  27. An Introduction To Closed-End Mutual Funds

    If you're looking to generate income for your investments, look no further.
  28. Mutual Fund Or ETF: Which Is Right For You?

    Learn the differences between these investment products and how to take full advantage.
  29. Great Investors Not Named Buffett

    Warren Buffett deserves the praise he gets, but there are many other investors worthy of study.
  30. Trading Gold And Silver Futures Contracts

    If you are a hedger or a speculator, gold and silver futures contracts offer a world of profit-making opportunities.
  31. Lower Your Fees With Mutual Fund Breakpoints

    The lower the sales charge you pay, the greater your returns. Find out how to cash in.
  32. Digging Deeper Into Mutual Fund Names

    Go beyond the name and find out if that fund fits into your portfolio.
  33. The 6 Highest Paid People On Wall Street

    Learn more about the top Wall Street investors who made their fortunes with high-stakes hedge funds.
  34. How Stock Market Indexes Changed Investing

    Find out how the first market averages were calculated and what they mean for investors today.
  35. Top 4 Signs Of Over-Diversification

    Learn how to spot over-diversification in your portfolio and find out why some financial advisors are motivated to do it.
  36. The Pros And Cons Of Money Market Funds

    Find out whether stocking your money in these accounts will stand up to the test of time.
  37. Style Drift Can Hurt Mutual Fund Returns

    Small, gradual changes in a portfolio manager's stated strategies can be a big risk for investors.
  38. 10 Ways To Prepare For A Personal Financial Crisis

    Life is unpredictable, but if there's anything you can do to stave off disaster, it's to be prepared and be careful.
  39. An Introduction To Managed Futures

    Their inverse correlation with stocks and bonds make these alternative investments worth getting to know.
  40. Wrap It Up: The Terms And Benefits Of Managed Money

    Find out if fee-based investing is right for you, by learning its terminology and types of investment vehicles.
  41. Morningstar's Trifecta: An Easy Way To Select Mutual Funds

    These three pieces of Morningstar's trifecta can help you understand the quality of mutual funds.
  42. Why Hedge Funds Love Distressed Debt

    When hedge funds buy up bonds from bankrupt companies, should investors follow suit?
  43. Time To Graduate From Mutual Funds?

    A few years ago, newly arrived investors were warned that they would lose $10,000 before they learned enough to make any money. If possible, that's not pessimistic enough.
  44. Understanding Volatility Measurements

    How do you choose a fund with an optimal risk-reward combination? We teach you about standard deviation, beta and more!
  45. Introduction To Gemology

    Gemology as an investment alternative may seem glamorous, but it's not for the faint of heart.
  46. CDOs And The Mortgage Market

    These structured products contribute to keeping borrowing rates low.
  47. 8 Fund Types To Use In A Recession

    When the economy blows up, these funds offer some protection from major losses.
  48. 4 Alternatives To Traditional Mutual Funds

    A rich offering of attractive alternatives have the open-ended mutual fund facing obsolescence.
  49. What You Need To Know About Financial Analysts

    Thinking about relying on analyst recommendations for your next trade? We'll show you what to watch out for.
  50. Efficient Market Hypothesis: Is The Stock Market Efficient?

    Deciding whether it's possible to attain above-average returns requires an understanding of EMH.
  51. How To Profit From Debt Securities In Failing Companies

    Learn about the vulture funds that prey on the market's weakest companies by investing in distressed debt.
  52. The Advantages Of SPAN Margin

    Find out how it provides futures and commodity option strategists with more bang for their margin buck!
  53. January: Time To Read Your Mutual Fund's Annual Report

    Don't let this valuable piece of mail end up in your trash can. Here are five things you need to know.
  54. Investopedia's Top 5 Terms Of 2010

    Find out what our readers wanted to know most about this year – and why.
  55. 7 Year-End Tax Planning Strategies

    Do you have a capital loss that could be booked and used to offset future tax liabilities? If so, it may be time to sell.
  56. 5 Ways To Save On Investments

    Many investors overpay to play the market. Learn ways to make your investment strategies cost less.
  57. Enhanced Index Funds: Can They Deliver Low-Risk Returns?

    These funds may look appealing. Find out whether they can really live up to all of their promises.
  58. Invest In Real Estate With $1,000 (Or Less)

    Here are some options to get you started in real estate for a fraction of what it would cost to buy an actual property.
  59. Introduction To Exchange-Traded Funds

    Get into ETFs and enjoy the benefits of a mutual fund with the flexibility of a stock.
  60. Mutual Funds: Brand Names Vs. House Brands

    Find out whether an in-house fund will serve you better than a major company's fund offerings.
  61. 5 Ways To Invest In Currencies

    As the economies of some countries sputter and former third-world countries are beginning to emerge, currency investing is becoming more intriguing. Learn ways to make money on money with the foreign exchange market.
  62. 3 Alternative Ways To Assess Your Investment Manager

    Find out whether your funds are being managed according to your goals.
  63. Commodity Prices Are Pinching Consumers

    Prices of commodities - cotton, wheat, coffee, etc. - have recently spiked. Learn how that affects consumers.
  64. Cut Your Tax Bill With Donor-Advised Funds

    Beat the tax man come April 15 by investing in a charity-friendly fund.
  65. The Best And Worst Investing Advice

    Some financial sayings are worth a second look, even if they seem to be set in stone.
  66. Easy Ways To Diversify Your Portfolio

    Diversification is a vital investment tool, and well within the reach of even small investors.
  67. Wall Street History: Japan Inc, Bailout Beginnings And Tax Reform

    The curse of September continues this week in history.
  68. Hedge Funds' Higher Returns Come At A Price

    Learn how hedge funds win big gains for investors - and why they sometimes lose.
  69. Introduction To Money Market Mutual Funds

    Learn about the easiest way to benefit from money market securities.
  70. 6 Basic Financial Ratios And What They Reveal

    These formulas can help you pick better stocks for your portfolio once you learn how to use them.
  71. Currency Carry Trades 101

    This strategy can provide returns even if the currency pair doesn't move a cent.
  72. Proxy Voting Gives Fund Shareholders A Say

    You have the right to take part in important company decisions - even if you cannot attend the meetings.
  73. How The Sharpe Ratio Can Oversimplify Risk

    When it comes to hedge funds, this measure is not reliable on its own.
  74. The 7 Best Places To Put Your Savings

    You work hard to put your money away for the future, but where you should you keep it?
  75. Lazy Portfolio Strategies For Your RRSP

    Check out this cheap and easy way to secure good returns for the long term.
  76. Stop Hunting With The Big Forex Players

    Learn to bank short-term profits by placing stops away from the crowd.
  77. Portfolio Basics For The Beginner Investor

    By following some broad allocation guidelines, new investors can build the portfolio they want.
  78. A Safer Money Market With Rule 2a-7

    Money markets are traditionally "safe" investments - but Rule 2a-7 just made them a bit safer.
  79. The Upside Of Deflation

    Deflation has continued to pop up throughout economic history - but is that such a bad thing?
  80. Dangerous Advice For Beginner Investors

    Sometimes investment tips can do more harm to your portfolio than good. One size fits all may work for ponchos and raincoats, but it does not work when it comes to investment advice.
  81. Watch Out For The Mutual Fund Metamorphosis

    A new name may make a fund look fresh and exciting, but has anything really changed?
  82. Retail Notes: A Simpler Alternative To Bond Funds

    These securities are meant to be held until maturity, removing the burden of complex pricing that sometimes plagues bonds.
  83. Top 10 Investment Tips From Classic Rock

    Musicians of yore in tune with today's investing needs.
  84. The 4 Key Elements Of A Well-Managed Portfolio

    If you choose an actively managed portfolio, be sure that your manager isn't neglecting one of these four points.
  85. 4 Dishonest Broker Tactics And How To Avoid Them

    Protecting yourself from unscrupulous practices means knowing how to spot them.
  86. Gauge Portfolio Performance By Measuring Returns

    Calculate returns frequently and accurately to ensure that you're meeting your investing goals.
  87. Floating-Rate Mutual Funds: Rewards And Risks

    In an economy with low interest rates, investors need to get creative in order to reap high returns.
  88. Luck Is The Key To Success For Most Top Mutual Funds

    Without luck virtually all actively managed funds would lag indexes: study.
  89. Stocks Soros Is Holding

    George Soros once made $1 billion in a day. Find out what he's buying now.
  90. Activist Hedge Funds: Follow The Trail To Profit

    Learn to profit by following the lead of some of Wall Street's most ruthless investors.
  91. Investment Options For Any Income

    You don't need piles of money to begin investing. Even $50 is enough, if you know how to use it right.
  92. Getting To Know The Money Market

    If you need liquidity and safety on a sum of money, don't forgo potential interest by keeping the funds as cash.
  93. Principal-Protected Notes: Hedge Funds For Everyday Investors

    PPNs guarantee to return at least 100% of the original investment and have the potential to return much more.
  94. Your Million-Dollar Gift To Wall Street

    Ignore this article if you enjoy giving your money to millionaires.
  95. Impact Investing: The Ethical Choice

    This new wave in ethical investing is taking a new approach. Find out how it differs from its predecessors.
  96. Digging Deeper: The Mutual Fund Prospectus

    The legal jargon of this document can be daunting. Find out how to get to the important stuff.
  97. Do Money-Market Funds Pay?

    This investment provides security, but its returns may not be adequate for long-term investors.
  98. Top 5 All-Time Best Mutual Fund Managers

    The best managers produced long-term, market-beating returns and helped investors build big nest eggs. Find out who made the cut.
  99. The SEC Is Watching: New Reporting Standards

    The SEC recently proposed new rules for large traders. Does this tracking protect investors and the market, or is the SEC getting too involved?
  100. SEC Issues Worthless Warnings On Fund Performance Ads

    Mealy-mouthed language may have opposite of intended effect.
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