Mutual Fund Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ
What factors should investors consider in determining the long-term
profitability of a mutual fund? Selecting the best mutual fund to add to your
portfolio requires analysis of the funds structural characteristics: the size
and age of the fund; its cash position; portfolio concentration; and market
What to Look For When Researching Mutual Funds:
Size and Age
In selecting a mutual fund, its important to evaluate how the fund has performed
over longer periods, and how it has weathered the ups and downs of the market.
Ideally, the best mutual fund selections include those that have withstood the
test of time, and have continued to be profitable despite its size. With more
established funds, investors and analysts can review how the fund managers and
strategy of the fund performed in a variety of market conditions. Combined with
other analytical tools, this can be useful in determining the appropriateness of
a mutual fund.
Its also important to determine the funds cash reserves. If a fund rapidly
develops a huge cash reserve, it could be a sign that the fund manager is unable
to control the money coming in, and thus, the fund is not maximizing its
Among the fundamental basis for investing in a mutual fund is reaping the
benefits of a diversified portfolio. However, studies have shown that the
sometimes best performing mutual funds are those that exhibit more industry or
Understanding a funds market capitalization can also be a good indication of a
funds investment emphasis, as well as the risks that it assumes. Market
capitalization is computed by multiplying the number of outstanding shares by
their current market price.
Please Note: As with any investment, its important to remember that a funds
past performance is no guarantee of its future success.
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