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Kent Thune

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By Kent Thune

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    • What To Do With Your 1099 Created: Thursday, February 09, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      What do I do with my 1099? Do I have to file it with my taxes? Does the IRS need a copy? Why did I receive a 1099? There are more than a dozen different types of 1099 forms but the most common 1...
    • What is Stewardship Grade? Created: Friday, August 23, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      What is Morningstar's Stewardship Grade and how can an investor benefit by analyzing it?" itemprop="description"> Friday, June 28, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      What exactly do people mean when they say "long-term" with regard to investing and investment performance? What are some examples? How many years is long-term?" itemprop="d="$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop...
    • The Lost Decade Created: Monday, April 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      What is the lost decade and how can investors avoid the common mistakes of diversification?
    • The Best S&P 500 Index Funds Created: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Finding the best S&P 500 Index funds can be easy if you know what to look for. Here are a few of the top S&P 500 Index funds and why we recommend them.
    • What is Aggressive Growth? Created: Thursday, June 28, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      What is Aggressive Growth are what are some mutual fund examples? Aggressive Growth is a mutual fund objective that is so broad, an investor can easily make a mistake when building an investment po...
    • 16 Best Tips on Mutual Fund Basics Created: Sunday, September 30, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      It's never too early or too late to review the basics of investing with mutual funds. Check out this easy list to get started or to get back on track." itemprop="descriptio3'" --> itemprop="descrip...
    • What Are Junk Bonds? Created: Monday, June 25, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Be sure to understand the definition, nature and risks of high yield investing, which can make a good addition to your mutual fund investment portfolio." itemprop="descript't3'" --> itemprop="descr...
    • Total Stock Market vs S&P 500 Created: Monday, April 23, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Which is best, a total stock market index or the S&P 500 Index? It depends upon the complimentary mutual funds or ETFs within the investor's portfolio." itemprop="descrTP='t3'" --> itemprop="de...
    • Get Your Fix on Fixed Income Funds Created: Saturday, March 20, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Fixed income funds are an excellent diversification tool for investors’ portfolios. Start with these five basic types of fixed income funds." itemprop="description" itemprop="description...
    • Mutual Fund Class B Shares: Good Buy or Goodbye? Created: Sunday, September 13, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      You may hear that mutual fund B shares are a good buy. But more and more mutual fund companies are saying “goodbye” to mutual fund B shares." itemprop="descript't3'" --> itemprop="descr...
    • Diversification: The 3 Most Important Things About Investing Created: Sunday, June 21, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Diversification with mutual funds is more than just putting your eggs into different baskets. Find out how to properly diversify with mutual funds." itemprop="description"< --> itemprop="descriptio...
    • What Is Cost Basis? Created: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Find the definition of cost basis (also known as tax basis) here, as well as some examples to assist in understanding and application.
    • The 5 Percent Rule of Investment Allocation Created: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      much? To be properly diversified, to obtain reasonable returns while minimizing risk, pay close attention to the 5 Percent Rule of Investment Allocation." itemprop="descrip='t3'" --> itemprop="desc...
    • Modern Portfolio Theory Created: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      There are recent criticisms and variations of style to consider before applying MPT to your own investment portfolio. Read about some examples here." itemprop="description"" --> itemprop="descripti...
    • How to Invest in the Best Gold Funds & ETFs Created: Thursday, September 13, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Gold can be used as a hedge against inflation and a falling US dollar, but what's the best way to invest in this precious metal and commodity?" itemprop="description" Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      The Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index is the benchmark for most bond funds traded in the US. How can an investor benefit using a total bond market fund?" itemprop="desczTP='t3'" --> itemprop="d...
    • Efficient Markets Hypothesis (EMH) Created: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Are there certain areas of the market that are more or less efficient than others? How can you use index funds to take advantage of EMH?" itemprop="description" Sunday, May 16, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Whether you plan to buy a stock fund or individual stocks, you should become familiar with the pros and cons of a stock fund prior to investing." itemprop="description" itemprop="description"<...
    • Best Mutual Fund Research Sites Created: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Mutual fund research can be made easier with a good online research tool. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, these sites are among the best." itemprop="description" Friday, September 09, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      For an example of how to build an moderate portfolio of mutual funds, take a look at this model allocation with percentages." itemprop="description">
    • Do It Yourself or Hire an Advisor? Created: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      The fundamental question is this: Do you want to hire yourself as the advisor or someone else? Follow these helpful tips to measure your personal needs.
    • What Are Mutual Fund Class R Shares? Created: Friday, May 24, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Should you invest in R Share mutual funds? Before investing, be sure to understand how the different share classes charge fees and expenses." itemprop="description" Friday, August 23, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      What is a mutual fund's total net assets under management and why is helpful to analyze this for best investment practices? How much is too much?" itemprop="description" itemprop="description"...
    • What is Growth & Income? Created: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      The growth and income objective for mutual funds is a combination of one part growth and one part income. Learn more with this simple overview." itemprop="description" Friday, March 30, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Statistical analysis of mutual funds requires a fundamental knowledge of quantitative measures. Learn more here and you can choose the best mutual funds." itemprop="descrip='t3'" --> itemprop="desc...
    • How to Analyze a Mutual Fund Created: Monday, March 26, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      There is more to analyzing a mutual fund than reviewing past performance. In fact, the best predictors of future performance include factors many overlook." itemprop="descrTP='t3'" --> itemprop="de...
    • What is Turnover Ratio? Created: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Learn more in this discussion about turnover ratio, how to produce higher average returns, and become a better mutual fund investor." itemprop="description"> Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Dividend mutual funds - stock mutual funds that primarily invest in companies that pay dividends - profits that companies share with stock shareholders." itemprop="descript't3'" --> itemprop="descr...
    • How to Choose the Best Mutual Funds Created: Thursday, May 05, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Choosing the best mutual funds can be easy. Learn how to find and choose the best ones for you with these simple and proven methods." itemprop="description"> Sunday, August 16, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Whether you use an advisor or you do it yourself, you might enjoy a few sites to help you research mutual funds. Follow the 6 links for helpful advice." itemprop="descriptit3'" --> itemprop="descri...
    • Making Sense Out of the Structure of Mutual Funds Created: Sunday, August 02, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      To understand the structure of mutual funds, compare other “40 Act Funds” – investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940." ite#if expr="$zTP='t3'" --> ...

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