Beginners Guide to Mutual Funds

Start Here for a Primer on Mutual Funds

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To mirror the powerful simplicity of mutual funds, here is a helpful list of links and brief descriptions of resources to help with the basics (and a few advanced topics) on mutual fund investing. Just pick the topic and follow the link for more on what you need to know:

Mutual Fund Definition: If you want a simple definition of mutual funds, this is where to find it.

Top 8 Benefits of Mutual Funds: Mutual funds are simple, diverse and accessible.

If you want to know more benefits, this link will help fill in the gaps of knowledge.

Types of Mutual Funds: Mutual funds are organized into categories by asset class (stocks, bonds and cash) and then further categorized by style, objective or strategy. This article teaches just the basic types of funds (you don't really need to know more than this).

The Best Index Funds: Both beginners and pros use index funds for successful investing strategies. Here you will learn what index funds are and which ones are the best.

Index Investing FAQ: If you want to dig more into the basics of index funds but don't know quite which questions to ask first, this list of frequently asked questions, along with the answers is for you.

The Best No-Load Mutual Fund Companies: Oh yeah, don't forget about the best basic fund types for do-it-yourself investors -- no-load funds! Why pay commissions and extra fees when you are doing the work (and probably as good or better job than most brokers and advisors).

Finding "the best" of anything is really a subjective exercise; what works for one person may not be ideal for another. However, when it comes to mutual funds, there are only a few of the best no-load companies.

How to Invest for Retirement With Mutual Funds: Most investing objectives center around investing and mutual funds are the most used investment vehicles for retirement.

Learn how to build your nest egg here.

Mutual Fund Analysis: 10 Things to Analyze (and 3 Things to Ignore):

Mutual fund analysis does not need to be as complex as most financial media sources and some investment advisers often communicate. There are hundreds of data points to research and analyze. However you only need to know the best things to research and analyze and to ignore the others. This comprehensive but simple list shows what to analyze and what not to analyze when doing mutual fund research.

Well, that about covers mutual fund basics. Keep looking around if you need more...

Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided for discussion purposes only, and should not be misconstrued as investment advice. Under no circumstances does this information represent a recommendation to buy or sell securities.