Fund Trading Basics
How do I fund a trading account?
Many online brokers make it easy to open an account quickly and without a lot of money. Some require no initial deposit. However, you will need to fund the account from your checking, savings, or another brokerage account before you can begin trading.
What is hedge fund trading?
Hedge funds are risky, actively managed investment pools whose managers use a wide range of strategies, often including buying with borrowed money and trading esoteric assets, in an effort to beat average investment returns for their clients.
How to start trading mutual funds?
Trading shares in mutual funds are different from trading shares in stock. Mutual funds require minimum investments of anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000, and they only trade once a day after the markets close. Mutual fund fees can be complicated. Understanding these fees is important since they have a large impact on the performance of investments in a fund.
What is margin funding in trading?
Margin funding in the context of trading is borrowed funds from a broker that is used to trade a financial asset, which forms the collateral for the loan from the broker. Leverage conferred by margin will tend to amplify both gains and losses. In the event of a loss, a margin call may require your broker to liquidate securities without prior consent.
A hybrid fund is an investment fund that is characterized by diversification among two or more asset classes. These funds typically invest in a mix of stocks and bonds. They may also be known as asset allocation funds.
Passive management, also known as passive strategy or index investing, is a style of management associated with mutual funds and ETFs where a fund's portfolio mirrors a market index. It is the opposite of active management in which a fund's manager attempts to beat the market with various investing strategies and buying or selling decisions of a portfolio's securities.
Short-Term Investment Fund (STIF)
A short-term investment fund invests in short-term money market investments of high quality and low risk. This type of fund is considered to be one of the most conservative investments, and they are often used to protect capital. Short-term investment funds are generally expected to keep pace with inflation and earn marginally higher returns than a standard personal savings account.
A performance-based index is a stock index that adds the amount of all dividend payments, capital gains, and other cash disbursements to the net stock price. When measuring the performance over a given time period, the performance-based index will add these transactions to the net share price before calculating the index return. Some investors believe a performance-based calculation produces a more accurate measure of performance than the price approach.