Mutual Fund Basics

A Guide for New Investors

Mutual Fund Basics - Introduction

Over the past decade, investors around the world increasingly have turned to mutual funds to save for retirement and other financial goals. Mutual funds can offer the advantages of diversification and professional management. But, as with other investment choices, investing in mutual funds involves risk. And fees and taxes will diminish a fund's returns. It pays to understand both the upsides and the downsides of mutual fund investing and how to choose products that match your goals and tolerance for risk.

This guide covers the basics of mutual fund investing — how mutual funds work, what factors to consider before investing, and how to avoid common pitfalls.

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