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Mutual Funds For Dummies, 6th Edition


Pick the best funds, assemble and maintain your portfolio, and evaluate your funds' performance

Looking for a trusted resource to help you add mutual funds to your investment strategy? With straightforward advice and a plethora of specific, up-to-date fund recommendations, personal finance expert Eric Tyson helps you avoid fund-investing pitfalls and maximize your chances of success.

  • Meet mutual funds — get an introduction to mutual funds and follow along financial housecleaning tips to get your personal finances in order

  • Know your options — discover the many fund-investing options out there and gain the know-how to decide which is right for you

  • Pick a winner — find out which funds and fund companies are worth investing in and get helpful advice on the best venues and avenues for buying funds

  • Fine-tune your portfolio — explore the basic strategies of portfolio construction and start building your portfolio to include mutual funds that match your specific financial goals

  • Stay ahead of the pack — maintain your portfolio, evaluate your funds' performance, and keep current with the best mutual fund information sources

Open the book and find:

  • Important investing concepts

  • Why you should opt for mutual funds

  • Where to find the best funds

  • Open-end vs. closed-end funds

  • Sample portfolios

  • How to avoid fund-investing pitfalls

  • When to enlist the services of an advisor

  • Which financial "gurus" to avoid

  • Common fund problems and how to fix them

Learn to:

  • Plan and implement a successful investment strategy that includes mutual funds

  • Find the best-managed funds that match your financial goals

  • Avoid fund-investing pitfalls

  • Select among mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and other investing options

Eric Tyson is a nationally recognized personal finance counselor, writer, and lecturer. He is the bestselling author of For Dummies books on personal finance and investing.

Part I: Mutual Funds: Sharing Risks and Rewards.

Chapter 1: Making More Money, Taking Less Risk.

Chapter 2: Mutual Funds: Pros and Cons.

Chapter 3: Funding Your Financial Plans.

Part II: Evaluating Alternatives to Funds.

Chapter 4: Selecting Your Own Stocks and Bonds.

Chapter 5: Exchange-Traded Funds and Other Fund Lookalikes.

Chapter 6: Hedge Funds and Other Managed Alternatives.

Part III: Separating the Best from the Rest.

Chapter 7: Finding the Best Funds.

Chapter 8: Using Fund Publications.

Chapter 9: Buying Funds from the Best Firms.

Part IV: Crafting Your Fund Portfolio.

Chapter 10: Perfecting a Fund Portfolio.

Chapter 11: Money Market Funds: Beating the Bank.

Chapter 12: Bond Funds: When Boring Is Best.

Chapter 13: Stock Funds: Meeting Your Longer Term Needs.

Chapter 14: Specialty Funds: One of a Kind.

Chapter 15: Working It Out: Sample Portfolios.

Chapter 16: Applications, Transfers, and Other Useful Forms.

Part V: Keeping Current and Informed.

Chapter 17: Evaluating Your Funds and Adjusting Your Portfolio.

Chapter 18: The Taxing Side of Mutual Funds.

Chapter 19: Common Fund Problems and How to Fix Them.

Chapter 20: Fund Ratings and Forecasters.

Chapter 21: Harnessing Your Computer's Power.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 22: Ten Common Fund-Investing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.

Chapter 23: Ten Fund-Investing Fears to Conquer.

Chapter 24: Ten Tips for Hiring a Financial Adviser.

Appendix: Recommended Fund Companies and Discount Brokers.