How to elect investment funds
An investment fund is a pool of money collected by many investors that is managed by a Registered Investment Adviser. Investment fund assets may be stocks, bonds, and/or commodities. Investment funds include a wider range of investments than individual stocks. This means investment funds are lower risk, but they also yield lower returns in the short run. For this reason, investment funds are typically long-term investments. With thousands of options available, selecting the right one for you may seem daunting. With a little research and know-how, though, you can select the right fund for your needs.
An investment fund is a company that pools money from many investors and invests the money in securities such as stocks, bonds, and short-term debt. The combined holdings of the investment fund are known as its portfolio. Investors buy shares in investment funds.
The shrewd investor balances cost, risk and performance when choosing an investor fund.
First, determine your financial goals. That will point the way to the type of fund that’s right for you. Each comes with trade-offs.
For capital growth, consider a fund that invests heavily in stocks. But keep in mind that the stock market goes up and down–and so will the value of your fund. The prospect of high returns comes wrapped in risk.
A bond fund will provide a steady stream of income. There can be fluctuations, but fixed-income investments are generally steadier than stocks and returns are often lower.
Investors seeking to preserve their principal should take a long look at money market funds. Such funds are stable but typically generate less income than bond or growth funds. However, a short-term bond fund may generate more income without greatly increasing the risk.
Use these tips and key steps to help find an investment that’s right for you:
- Review your needs and goals.
- Consider how long you can invest.
- Make an investment plan.
- Decide how hands-on to be.
- Check the charges.
- Review periodically – but don’t ‘stock-watch’