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Mutual funds for dummies - Tyson E

Tyson E. Mutual funds for dummies - Wiley publishing , 1998. - 425 p.
ISBN 0-7645-5112-4
Download (direct link): mutualfundsfordummies1998.pdf
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And because no investment, not even one of the better mutual funds, is free of flaws and shortcomings, I show you sound alternatives to mutual funds — and help you understand when investing in funds may not be appropriate for you.
Using This Book EffectiOetg
You don’t need to read this book cover to cover. But if you’re a beginner or you want to fully immerse yourself in the world of fund investing (or if you’re just an information glutton), there’s no reason why you can’t.
On the other hand, you may have a specific question or two that you want to focus on today, but you’ll want some other information tomorrow. No problem there, either. Mutual Funds For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is lighter on its feet and on your brain than most reference books. Use the table of contents or index to speed your way to what you need to know and get on with your life.
The sections that follow describe the parts in this book and what they cover.
Mutual Funds For Dummies, 2nd Edition ______________________
Part I: The Why and HovV of Mutual Funds
In Part 1 of this book. I take you through the investing basics. If you don’t understand the different types of investments that funds are made of, such as stocks and bonds, you won’t fully understand funds. Part I defines and demystifies what mutual funds are and discusses what funds are good for and when you should consider alternatives.
Before you’re even ready to start investing in funds, your personal finances need to be in order, so in Part I, I give you some financial house-cleaning tips. You also discover the importance of fitting mutual funds to your financial goals. After your finances are shipshape and you’ve identified your goals, you are ready to find out how to pick great funds, how to avoid losers, where and how to purchase funds, and how to read all those pesky reports (such as prospectuses and annual reports) that fund companies stuff in your mailbox. Part I touches all these bases.
Part II; Establishing a Great Fund Portfolio
In Part II, I show you how to build a portfolio of mutual funds to accomplish your specific financial goals. You start off by exploring the basic strategies of portfolio construction. Then, for each of the major fund types — money market, bond, and stock — you get specific fund recommendations. A chapter of sample fund portfolios based on real life scenarios brings together the important concepts this section introduces.
Part III: Maintaininy a Great Fund Portfolio
In mutual fund investing, getting started is the hard part. After you have a good fund portfolio up and running, you shouldn’t have to devote much time to maintaining it. This part covers what you do need to do, including chapters on how to evaluate your funds’ performance and deal with the tax consequences of your investing. I also offer some tips on how to minimize aggravations when you deal with fund companies and discount brokers.
Part II/: Evaluating Information and Advice
If you’re still not full, you can find out about the scores of individuals, companies, and publications that rank and predict financial market
Introduction
gyrations. I warn you about the bad ones and the dangers of blindly following gurus, and I reveal which, if any, of them really are gurus. You also discover how to use the best mutual fund information sources, how to tell the difference between good and bad newsletters, and where to turn for more information. You may want to know how to use your computer to track and even invest in mutual funds using online services and software — so Part IV tells you that, too.
Part V: The Part of Tens
Broaden your thinking even further with these chapters that offer ten or more short sections about important fund issues and concepts. I discuss recent trends in the mutual fund industry, placate some fund-investing fears that you may have, and introduce some concerns that you may not have but perhaps should.
Appendix
So as to not clutter up the book unnecessarily, I stuck some useful facts at the end of book. Here you find the telephone numbers, addresses, and other vital statistics of all the top-notch funds I recommend in this book.
Icons Used in This Book
Throughout this book, you can find friendly and useful icons to enhance your reading pleasure and to flag and demarcate special types of information. So, when you meet one of these margin-hugging doodads, imagine this conversation with yourself:
Hey, I bet that Eric just pointed out something that can save me time, headaches, money, or all the above!
Uh, bombs normally ain’t real popular in polite company, so maybe Eric’s trying to steer me away from mistakes and boo-boos others have made when investing in mutual funds.
Sharklike life-forms dead ahead. Something around here could really cost me big bucks (maybe even an arm and a leg!) if I don’t devote my most rapt attention to Eric here.
Mutual Funds For Dummies, 2nd Edition
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Yowza! Finally, a book that tells me what to do, where to do it, and whom to do it with. This icon denotes Eric’s favorite mutual funds.
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