Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Where Can You Buy Mutual Funds?

Investments & Trading

Where Can You Buy Mutual Funds? By J. Foley

For those that are new to investing and have decided that mutual funds are the way to go, the next logical question is how do you go about purchasing them? There are many different ways to go about investing in mutual funds, and you have several different options to choose from.

One of the most popular ways to buy mutual funds is directly from the companies. The type of fund you want to look for is a no-load mutual fund. No-load funds are free from fees and additional costs that load funds tend to have. Since you’re going directly through to the fund company, you will save a transaction fee that you would normally have to pay through a broker, and since you aren’t paying any fees, all of your money goes towards investing.

Going about investing directly is easy. Once you’ve chosen the company you want to deal with, you simply fill out an application, enclose a check for the amount you want to invest and mail it in. It couldn’t be easier.

Another popular way to buy mutual funds is online through a broker or through a mutual fund superstore. Most of these online superstores like T. Rowe Price or Wells Fargo (there are many others, as well) don’t charge any transaction fees for their services because the fund you end up buying will reimburse them. Be careful though, these online superstores often sell funds that do carry transaction fees or they carry load mutual funds that can come with some steep fees of their own. Make sure you read all the fine print and know what you’re investing in before you buy it.

Maybe the most common way of buying mutual funds is through your work’s retirement program. Your 401(k) account is most likely tied to mutual funds so you may already be a seasoned mutual fund investor and not even know it. To find out more about the funds your retirement plan invests in, you can visit the website of the fund that your 401(k) invests in.

If you have signed up for a 529 College Saving Plan, than you’ve bought into mutual funds. These brand new plans are made for families who are trying to help their kids through college. Their main benefit is the tax laws that are used for withdrawals from the plan. In most cases, if money is taken out for education expenses, it’s tax free. This is an ideal plan for most families who are worrying about paying for college.

A final way that you can invest in mutual funds is with a financial advisor. While this way would be a bit more costly since you would have to pay the advisor, you are bound to make the best mutual fund investment choice for you.

Buying mutual funds in this day and age of the Internet is easier than it has ever been. But be careful, make sure you crunch the numbers and make an educated choice and you can be well on your way to financial freedom with mutual funds!

Article Written By J. Foley

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Online Investing

Investments & Trading

Online Investing By J. Foley

The world of stock trading has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. Trades that use to take more than a week to process now take only moments. While once you needed to have a stock broker to make a trade for you, now, from the comfort of your own computer, you can make as many trades as you like, and at a much lower commission than your grandfather would have paid to make the same trade 50 years earlier. The world of online trading can be very tempting to many. Investing is a lot like gambling, with possible huge profits and even bigger losses possible. But how do you know if online investing is for you?

The first question you need to answer is do you have money to burn? Of course, none of us want to toss our money down the drain, but you have to be prepared for the worst. Most online investors are armed with a copy of the New York Times, online subscriptions to several investment websites as well as strong word of mouth from family and friends, but even with all this information, some investments don’t go the way you want them to. Make sure you have room in your budget so that you can afford to lose some and still be secure. Online investing can be addictive, so you should know when to stop.

Be prepared to arm yourself with as much information as possible. While it’s true that even the most informed traders make mistakes, the more you know, the less likely this will happen. This means immersing yourself in reliable, timely and knowledgeable advice. If you’re not willing to take the time to properly educate yourself, you might want to leave investing to your broker.

A good investor has to learn to be patient. While it is tempting to take on the human herding instinct and put your money on the latest trend or the most fashionable stock, those investors that are confident and patient usually come out on top.

If you’re new, stick to blue chip stocks. There is a reason they are called blue chips, they have shown slow and steady growth over long periods of time. There is no such thing as a safe stock, but blue chips are the closest thing you’ll find. A good tip is to always leave a portion of your investments in blue chips, so if the rest of your investments go south, you’ll have something to fall back on.

Online investing can be exciting and fun, but it can also be terrifying for a newbie. Do the research, develop some patience and stick to familiar ground and online investing can be a great way to develop your portfolio without having to bow to mainstream brokers.
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Article Written By J. Foley