Regional Fund

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Regional Fund'

A mutual fund that confines itself to investments in securities from a specified geographical area, such as Latin America, Europe or Asia. A regional mutual fund will generally look to own a diversified portfolio of companies based in and operating out of its specified geographical area. However, some regional funds can also be set up to invest in a specific segment of the region's economy, such as energy.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Regional Fund'

For the investor, the primary benefit of a regional fund is that he/she increases his/her diversification by being exposed to a specific foreign geographical area. These funds are practical for the average investor, since most people wouldn't have enough capital to adequately diversify themselves across many investments in the region.

Regional funds select securities that pass geographical criteria. They are not to be confused with other mutual funds such as international funds, which attempt to provide investors with a diversified portfolio spanning the globe, or country funds, which provide investors with diversified exposure to companies in one specific nation.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Diversification

    A risk management technique that mixes a wide variety of investments ...
  2. Global Fund

    A type of mutual fund, closed-end fund or exchange-traded fund ...
  3. Sector

    1. An area of the economy in which businesses share the same ...
  4. Family Of Funds

    A group of mutual funds offered by one investment or fund company. ...
  5. International Fund

    A mutual fund that can invest in companies located anywhere outside ...
  6. Mutual Fund

    An investment vehicle that is made up of a pool of funds collected ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. Is there a situation in which wash trading is legal?

    Wash trading, the intentional practice of manipulating a stock's activity level to deceive other investors, is not a legal ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What action is the SEC likely to take on 12b-1 fees?

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may take action to impose greater regulation on how 12b-1 fees are used, or ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What is considered a reasonable 12b-1 fee?

    A reasonable 12b-1 fee is generally considered to be 0.25% of the assets of the mutual fund. The maximum amount allowed for ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What are some of the most common mutual funds that give exposure to the retail sector?

    There are a number of mutual funds that give exposure to the retail sector. Three of the most popular funds are the Fidelity ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What is the 12b-1 fee meant to cover?

    A 12b-1 fee in a mutual fund is meant to cover the fees of companies and individuals through which investors of a fund buy ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What are the most popular mutual funds that give exposure to the utilities sector?

    Some of the most popular mutual funds that provide exposure to the utilities sector include American Century Utilities, Prudential ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Investing Basics

    Broadening Your Portfolio's Borders

    Find out what type of international fund might suit your needs in gaining exposure to foreign markets.
  2. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    4 Strategies For Managing A Portfolio Of Mutual Funds

    Discover some common strategies to devise a plan and maintain your holdings to reflect it.
  3. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    The Advantages Of Mutual Funds

    Learn how to get diversification, liquidity and professional management at an affordable price.
  4. Bonds & Fixed Income

    The Importance Of Diversification

    Without this risk-reduction technique, your chance of loss will be unnecessarily high.
  5. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Mutual Fund Basics Tutorial

    Learn about the basics - and the pitfalls - of investing in mutual funds.
  6. Investing

    Go Green with a Investment in Green Bonds

    If you want to invest in a socially responsible way, green bonds may be for you. And as the market grows retail investment opportunities will grow too.
  7. Investing Basics

    Got Dividends? Here's How to Reinvest Them

    Reinvesting dividends is almost always a good idea if you intend to hold your shares for the long term, and there are several ways to do it.
  8. Fundamental Analysis

    Calculating Basic Earnings Per Share

    Basics earnings per share measures the amount of net income earned per share of outstanding stock.
  9. Investing Basics

    Explaining Assets Under Management

    Assets under management is a metric that measures the market value of assets that an investment company manages for investors.
  10. Investing Basics

    What is Accrued Income?

    In a mutual fund, accrued income is earnings that have accumulated over the year, but have not yet been paid out to shareholders.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Topless Meeting

    A meeting in which participants are not allowed to use laptops. A topless meeting organizer can also ban the use of smartphones, ...
  2. Hedging Transaction

    A type of transaction that limits investment risk with the use of derivatives, such as options and futures contracts. Hedging ...
  3. Bogey

    A buzzword that refers to a benchmark used to evaluate a fund's performance. The benchmark is an index that reflects the ...
  4. Xetra

    An all-electronic trading system based in Frankfurt, Germany. Launched in 1997 and operated by the Deutsche Börse, the Xetra ...
  5. Nuncupative Will

    A verbal will that must have two witnesses and can only deal with the distribution of personal property. A nuncupative will ...
  6. OsMA

    An abbreviation for Oscillator - Moving Average. OsMA is used in technical analysis to represent the variance between an ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!