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The Top 5 Advantages of Investing in Mutual Funds - Yahoo Voices

A mutual fund is best defined as an investment vehicle made up of a pool of funds from outside investors. The mutual fund's goal is to use this pooled money from investors to purchase securities and produce capital gains for their investors. Each mutual fund will have a unique investing objective that is clearly stated in their prospectus. Not all mutual funds are created equally, so before investing in a fund you'll want to make sure it is a high quality offering. As a finance professional, I know there are plenty of advantages to investing in a mutual fund. Let's take a look at the five biggest benefits of investing in a mutual fund.

Top Five Advantages of Investing in a Mutual Fund

Pooled Money (Diversification)- Easily, the biggest perk of a mutual fund is the ability to receive instant diversification because of the pooling of money from investors. It is almost impossible to be this diversified with a portfolio of individual stocks, unless you are a millionaire. The mutual fund has given individual investors an easy way to manage risk through diversification.

Liquidity- As an investor, you should always think about how liquid an investment is before pulling the trigger. Some asset classes can be difficult to get out of in a timely manner, but with mutual funds this is not a problem at all. Mutual funds transact on a daily basis after the close of the stock market. If you want your money out, you won't have to wait long at all.

Low Expenses- Some mutual fund expense ratios are fairly high, but the reality is most mutual funds are quite cost-effective in the grand scheme of investing. Could you really purchase 100 or more stocks on your own and expect to pay less in commissions? By purchasing a mutual fund, you get access to so many stocks with just one transaction fee.

Professional Management- There is always something to be said for receiving solid professional management of your hard-earned cash. The sole job of the mutual fund manager is to research potential investments and help your investment gain in value. This takes some of the weight off your shoulders and allows you to simply track your investment periodically.

Past Performance is Readily Available- In the world of mutual funds, there is plenty of data available regarding how each fund has done over multiple periods of time. Since past performance should play a critical role in your decision-making process, the fact that this information is readily available is large benefit to investing in a mutual fund.

Sources:

Investopedia.com "Mutual Fund Definition"

SEC "Invest Wisely: Mutual Funds"

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