Stocks and Mutual Funds - Introduction


Introduction
Common stocks are a core component of most portfolios and can help investors maximize their return. For those without the time to choose individual stocks, mutual funds are a great substitute.
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The information in this section presumes the reader has a basic knowledge of stocks and how they work. If you are not familiar with stocks (or just need a refresher), check out the tutorial Stock Basics. Types of Stocks


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