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Mutual Funds 101 Part One

Todays Date: November 17, 2018

Are you a beginner when it comes to the stock market? No problem! This series of articles on mutual funds will make it easy for you to understand what a mutual fund is, what it is all about and whether it is worth your while to invest in one. My first three articles are called “Mutual Funds For Beginners” and they lay down the basics.

The next one is called “Expenses Associated With Mutual Funds” and it covers the basic things you can expect to be charged for if you decide to invest in a mutual fund. The last two are called “Is Investing in a mutual fund worth your while?” and they cover the pros and cons of mutual funds. First let’s break things down to a molecular level and talk about securities. The fancy definition of a security is a negotiable instrument representing financial value.

This definition is kind of hard to grasp so let us take a look at an example of a security to help you get a better idea of what one is. A stock is considered a security. Stocks can be purchased or sold, and therefore have financial value, and a share of stock literally means that as a stockholder you “share” a fraction of ownership in the company whose stock you own. Bonds, which are contracts to pay back money with interest on specified dates, are also securities. If you hold a bond, you know that you are going to receive money on these set dates, so bonds have financial value as well.

Stocks are purchased and sold at exchanges called stock markets, and bonds at bonds markets. A bonds market is generally quite different from a stock market. If you were trying to invest in stock, or sell the stock you have, you would enlist the help of a stock broker who would charge you a commission for performing this work for you.

Typically, unless you own stock from the company you would like to buy from already, you are going to want some sort of a broker to help you do this. The same goes for bonds – you are going to want a dealer. Now that we have the very basics down, let’s go over mutual funds. See my article “Mutual Funds For Beginners Part Two!

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