Mutual Funds FAQs

  1. How does beta measure a stock's market risk?

  2. What is the average annual return for the S&P 500?

  3. What is the difference between a hostile takeover and a friendly takeover?

  4. How do waivers, reimbursements and recoupments affect a fund's expense ratio?

  5. What are some popular mutual funds that give exposure to the drugs sector?

  6. How much variance should an investor have in an indexed fund?

  7. What can cause the rate of return to be negative?

  8. How much of the asset management industry has moved from traditional managers to ...

  9. What information should I focus on in my mutual fund's prospectus?

  10. How can I get a free mutual fund prospectus?

  11. Is there an index for tracking mid-cap stocks?

  12. What are the most popular mutual funds that invest in the automotive sector?

  13. What information does the SEC require in an investment company's prospectus?

  14. What is the difference between a summary prospectus and an offering memorandum?

  15. What are some of the best small cap index funds?

  16. What's the difference between a collateralized debt obligation (CDO) and a collateralized ...

  17. What are the differences between Levels I, II, and III American Depository Receipts ...

  18. What's the difference between the hurdle rate and the high water mark?

  19. What is the difference between a closed end investment fund (CEF) and a unit investment ...

  20. What are some index funds that specialize in blue chip stocks?

  21. What is index option trading and how does it work?

  22. What is a capitalization-weighted index?

  23. What does it mean to invest in base metals?

  24. What does the S&P 500 index measure and how is it calculated?

  25. What are some of the most common mutual funds that give exposure to the Internet ...

  26. What is the difference between a prospectus and summary prospectus?

  27. What's the difference between an index fund and an ETF?

  28. How did the financial crisis affect the banking sector?

  29. Why do index funds tend to have low expense ratios?

  30. Why is a mutual fund's expense ratio important to investors?

  31. What kinds of expenses are included in the expense ratio?

  32. What are common mutual funds an investor should consider for investing in banks?

  33. What gives the best results, an index fund or an ETF?

  34. What are the disadvantages of an index fund over an actively managed fund?

  35. What did Warren Buffett mean when he said, “Diversification is protection against ...

  36. How can I invest in credit card companies?

  37. What's the difference between an index fund and an actively managed fund?

  38. What are the advantages of an index fund over an ETF?

  39. Which are the most popular mutual funds that target the financial services sector?

  40. What are the most common ETFs that track the financial services sector?

  41. How are blue-chip stocks similar to mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs)?

  42. What does standard deviation measure in a portfolio?

  43. What are some of the most popular mutual funds for investing in the metals and mining ...

  44. What is the best way to invest in small cap companies?

  45. What are the most popular mutual funds that give exposure to the forest products ...

  46. What are the most popular mutual funds that give exposure to the railroads sector?

  47. How can I use alpha in conjunction with the Sharpe Ratio?

  48. How often should I be checking the NAV of my mutual fund shares?

  49. Are stop limit orders for stocks only?

  50. Is NAV the best way to assess the value of an REIT?

  51. What is the Value Added Monthly Index (VAMI) and how is it used?

  52. What types of securities perform best in a bull market?

  53. How do hedge funds use short selling?

  54. What are the risks involved in keeping my money in a money market account?

  55. How much of my total assets should I be keeping in my money market account?

  56. Does it make sense for me to have a money market account if I don't want to buy any ...

  57. Why would you keep funds in a money market account and not a savings account?

  58. What determines the interest rate in my money market account?

  59. What is the difference between a REIT and a real estate fund?

  60. Can you invest in hedge funds?

  61. What happens if you don't hedge your investments?

  62. What is standard deviation used for in mutual funds?

  63. What are typical trust fund management fees?

  64. Is alpha the best risk measure?

  65. Are there publicly traded hedge funds?

  66. What does a hedge fund do?

  67. Should I invest in ETFs or index funds?

  68. What does the end of the quarter mean for portfolio management?

  69. What is the difference between a hedge fund and a private equity fund?

  70. How do hedge funds determine what assets to own?

  71. What is the purpose of a hedge fund?

  72. Where does a hedge fund get its money?

  73. How do traders use the ABX index?

  74. What's the safest way to invest in high-yielding dividend stocks?

  75. What is the minimum amount of money that I can invest in a mutual fund?

  76. How can I get a mutual fund prospectus?

  77. What does a mutual fund's beta coefficient measure?

  78. Can I purchase mutual funds for my IRA?

  79. How can I find good investments among lower rated bonds?

  80. How do I judge a mutual fund's performance?

  81. What are the main differences between a systematic investment plan (SIP) and mutual ...

  82. What are the benefits and costs (or risks) of a systematic investment plan (SIP)?

  83. How can I convert a 401(k) into a Roth 401(k)?

  84. What's the difference between alpha and beta?

  85. What are some examples of the most common types of investments on an IRA?

  86. Who is eligible to obtain a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRA?

  87. What are the main disadvantages of a self-directed IRA?

  88. What are the best ways to lower my investing fees?

  89. What is the difference between a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan?

  90. Can you buy shares in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)?

  91. Is it a good idea to buy mutual funds from banks?

  92. Is it possible to beat the market?

  93. Where do most fund managers get their market information?

  94. What do the different types of mutual fund classes mean?

  95. Is it possible to invest in an index?

  96. Do ETFs have a board of directors?

  97. What is a cross hedge?

  98. What advantages do exchange-traded funds have over mutual funds?

  99. What are the advantages and disadvantages of mutual funds?

  100. Where do I look for fees that I am charged on investments? What are those fees called?

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