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Kent Thune

Updated Articles and Resources

By Kent Thune

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Top 10 Best Mutual Funds Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      What are the top 10 best mutual funds of all time? Check out this list and learn how to find the best funds for your own portfolio.
    • Index Funds vs. Actively-Managed Funds Created: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      The evidence shows that there are good active managers, but finding such managers in advance of their outperformance is difficult. According to Vanguard, for the 10 years leading up to 2007, the ma...
    • Using S&P 500 Index P/E Ratio Created: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      If you learn how to interpret the overall value of stocks by using the P/E ratio on the S&P 500 Index, you can gain insights into the future direction of equity prices."
    • What Are Mutual Fund Class A Shares? Created: Sunday, February 28, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Class A shares generally have front-end sales charges (also known as a “load”).This is paid to the advisor for buying the mutual fund on behalf of investors.
    • Index Funds vs ETFs Created: Friday, August 09, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Which is best, index funds or ETFs? What are the differences? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Find out who should invest and learn how to choose the best passive investments and strategi...
    • The Pros and Cons of Target-Date Funds Created: Friday, April 17, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Target-date funds are often thought of as “set it and forget it” funds. For example if you plan to retire in 20 years, you might buy a target-date fund that matches your time-frame -- a...
    • What is Beta? Created: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      A mutual fund investor can use beta in planning their fund selection to determine volatility of the fund and to compare its sensitivity in movement to the overall market." !--#if expr="$zTP='t3'" -...
    • What Are Enhanced Index Funds? Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      What are enhanced index funds? Can they beat the index?
    • Should You Invest in Convertible Bond Funds? Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      What are convertible bond funds and how can they be used in a portfolio?
    • Fixed Income for Dummies Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      What is fixed income? How do bond mutual funds work? Investing in bonds can be risky if you are not aware of the basics.
    • Best Bond Funds for Beginners Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      The best bond funds for beginners are often the best bond funds for almost every investor. Just keep things simple, low-cost and diversified.
    • What Are Mutual Fund Class C Shares? Created: Monday, April 29, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Should you invest in C Share mutual funds? Before investing, be sure to understand how the different share classes charge fees and expenses." itemprop="description" Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Want to know how to build the best lazy portfolio? Start with these timeless and tested investing strategies. Set it and forget it!" itemprop="description">
    • Bond Fund Types and Categories Created: Monday, January 30, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      What are the types of bond funds? How are bond mutual funds categorized? Which bond funds are the best for you?
    • Intermediate-term Bond Funds - Definition Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      What are intermediate-term bond funds and when is the best time to invest in them? What type of investor should use this type of mutual fund?
    • Long-term Bond Funds - Definition Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      What are long-term bond funds and when is the best time to invest in them? What type of investor should use this type of mutual fund?
    • Short-term Bond Funds - Definition Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      What are short-term bond funds and when is the best time to invest in them? What type of investor should use this type of mutual fund?
    • What Is Cost Basis? Created: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Find the definition of cost basis (also known as tax basis) here, as well as some examples to assist in understanding and application.
    • Top 10 Investing Strategies Created: Monday, July 29, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      With so many different types of investing strategies, styles, theories and tactics, an investor can find themselves under the spell of analysis paralysis. Which investment strategy is best for you?...
    • Value vs Growth vs Index Investing Created: Friday, June 22, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
      Which investment strategy is best - value or growth? Are index funds better than both value and growth? Take a look at this historical data and review the performance charts for yourself and make an informed decision on the value vs growth vs index debate.
    • The Best S&P 500 Index Funds Created: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 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.
    • Aggressive Mutual Fund Portfolio Example Created: Friday, September 09, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
      For an example of how to build an aggressive portfolio of mutual funds, take a look at this model allocation with helpful percentage suggestions." itemprop="description" itemprop="description"...
    • How to Choose the Best Mutual Funds Created: Thursday, May 05, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 20, 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"> Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 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" Sunday, May 03, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
      How many times have we been told that there is no free lunch? The same holds true with no-load mutual funds. No-load mutual funds are free of sales charges (loads), but they do have costs. All shar...
    • How to Invest a Lump Sum Created: Thursday, March 28, 2013 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
      Whether you want to invest a 401(k) or IRA rollover, a tax refund, an inheritance, or you win the lottery, there are a few smart ways to best manage a large amount of cash, no matter what the stock...
    • Best Bond Funds For Rising Interest Rates Created: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
      Which are the best bond mutual funds in a rising interest rate environment? Which bond funds do better against inflation? Knowing the basics on which funds perform best and which funds perform worst before and during higher interest rates and inflation is a crucial skill for the bond mutual fund investor.
    • Top 10 Things to Know About Mutual Fund Taxation Created: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
      How do I reduce taxes on mutual funds? Understanding mutual fund taxation will help you improve your overall returns by being a smarter investor." itemprop="description" itemprop="description"...
    • Best Stocks and Sectors for Rising Interest Rates Created: Thursday, February 28, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
      Market timing can be challenging but there are some moves investors can make to invest in stocks and sectors in a rising interest rate environment.
    • How to Buy a Mutual Fund Created: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
      An overview of the myriad of choices, whether to seek advice, where to buy, how much it is going to cost you." itemprop="description">> Monday, January 30, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
      Understanding how bond mutual funds work can help investors understand other areas of finance and economics such as stock investing and interest rates." itemprop="descriptit3'" --> itemprop="descri...
    • Best Mutual Funds for Beginners Created: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
      Choosing the best mutual funds for beginners is not a matter of finding the best performers of the day. Instead, beginners are wise to know their investment objectives and future plans and prepare for a long-term strategy. Therefore, assuming you want to do it yourself, it is wise to know which mutual fund companies have the best variety of low-cost, no-load funds.

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