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Buying Mutual Funds

Do you need a broker to buy a mutual fund? Should you go directly to the fund company? What you should consider when buying mutual funds.

Before You Buy a Mutual Fund
Before you buy a mutual fund, be sure to know the basics and best practices of investing. These are the "do's and don'ts" of selecting and purchasing mutual funds.

5 Easy Tips for Buying Mutual Funds
If you need to know how to buy mutual funds that are best for you, the process does not need to be complex. Buying mutual funds can be simple and profitable if you follow a few basic steps.

The Best No-Load Mutual Fund Companies
Which are the best no-load mutual fund families? Today's do-it-yourself investor has the tools available to build a diverse investment portfolio at one company or online discount broker. Find out where, why and how to find simplicity, low-cost and high quality all in one place.

Systematic Investment Plan
Automating your savings with a systematic investment plan is one of the smartest things you can do as an investor. Find out why automation is more about psychology and financial.

Should You Buy Mutual Funds?
If you are seeking an answer to the question, "Should You Buy Mutual Funds", then you will want to look at mutual funds from several different angles. Investors will buy mutual funds for many reasons. But are they right for you?

How to Analyze Mutual Fund Performance
Past performance of a mutual fund may not be a guarantee of future results but if you know how to analyze performance--if you know what to look for and what to avoid--you can make better investment decisions.

Best Mutual Fund Research Sites
Mutual fund research can be made easier with a good online research tool. Whether you are a beginner or a pro and if you are looking to buy the best mutual funds, review an existing fund, compare different funds or just trying to learn something new, these mutual fund research cites are among the best.

Do It Yourself or Hire an Advisor?
Whether you do it yourself or choose an expert for investment advice and financial planning, you are choosing an advisor. The fundamental question is this: Do you want to hire you as the advisor or someone else?

2010 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits
If you are a mutual fund investor, chances are you may be investing in these funds via retirement plans. So, how much can you save in 2010? Let’s review the 2010 retirement plan contribution limits.

2009 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits
If you are a mutual fund investor, chances are you may be investing in these funds via retirement plans. So, how much can you save in 2009 Let’s review the 2009 retirement plan contribution limits.

Mutual Fund Class B Shares - Good Buy or Goodbye?
You may hear that mutual fund B shares are a good buy -- generally from transaction-oriented, commission-based advisors/brokers. But more and more mutual fund companies are saying “goodbye” to mutual fund B shares.

Factors to Consider When Buying TIPS Bonds
John Hollyer, co-manager of the Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Fund, answers the question: "What factors do you look at to determine what individual TIPS are added to the Vanguard TIPS fund?"

Before You Invest in Mutual Funds
Before you invest in mutual funds, learn more about the structure of the investment and the fees associated with the investment.

Choosing a Mutual Fund Advisor: Part One
If you have decided that you prefer to spend your time on other things than sifting through thousands of mutual funds, then it’s time to look for a mutual fund advisor. There are many things to consider before choosing a mutual fund advisor. In this segment, we’ll take a look at the fancy letter and titles that you will run across when searching for an advisor.

Who Is PIMCO?
PIMCO is a global investment management firm with offices worldwide. PIMCO was founded in 1971 with $12 million in assets under management and has grown to manage over $1 trillion (as of December 31, 2009).

How to Buy a Mutual Fund
You have decided to add mutual funds to your well-balanced portfolio. Your next step is to sift through the myriad of choices— where do you buy mutual funds and how much is it going to cost you?

Choosing a Mutual Fund Advisor: Part Two
Before choosing your mutual fund advisor, it’s important that you understand the various advisors’ philosophies. These philosophies include investment viewpoints, client service attitude and financial planning values.

All About American Funds
Since 1931, American Funds has been known as a conservative, value-oriented mutual fund company. American Funds is one of the three largest mutual fund families in the US.

Mutual Funds Under $100
Looking for funds with low initial minimum investments? You can find them here.

Dollar Cost Averaging
Many successful investors already practice dollar cost averaging, although few of them realize they do. It is unquestionably the most effective way to put the odds in your favor, and in doing so, make your pocketbook a lot bigger.

Mutual Fund Breakpoints
The Investment Company Institute offers this guide to help investors understand sales charge discounts and ensure that they are receiving the appropriate sales charge discount, also known as the "breakpoint discount," on their mutual fund purchases.

The Power of Automatic Investing
The Mutual Fund Education Alliance discusses one of the easiest and most efficient ways to invest in mutual funds -- automatic investing. Utilizing the process of dollar-cost averaging, automatic investing is one of the best ways to grow your investment over time.

TIPS Mutual Funds or Individual TIPS?
There are a couple of advantages of investing in TIPS mutual funds versus buying individual TIPS. For an investor who is subject to tax, direct holdings of TIPS are somewhat inefficient, because the Treasury characterizes as ordinary income both the real coupon income that’s earned and the adjustment for inflation, which is typically upward.

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