The Advantages of Mutual Funds
Mutual funds have been around for a long time, dating back to the early 19th century. The first modern American mutual fund opened in 1924, yet it was only in the 1990's that mutual funds became mainstream investments, as the number of households owning them nearly tripled during that decade. With recent surveys showing that over 88% of all investors participate in mutual funds, you're probably already familiar with these investments, or perhaps even own some. In any case, it's important that you know exactly how these investments work and how you can use them to your advantage.

A mutual fund is a special type of company that pools together money from many investors and invests it on behalf of the group, in accordance with a stated set of objectives.
Mutual funds raise the money by selling shares of the fund to the public, much like any other company can sell stock in itself to the public. Funds then take the money they receive from the sale of their shares (along with any money made from previous investments) and use it to purchase various investment vehicles, such as stocks, bonds and money market instruments. In return for the money they give to the fund when purchasing shares, shareholders receive an equity position in the fund and, in effect, in each of its underlying securities. For most mutual funds, shareholders are free to sell their shares at any time, although the price of a share in a mutual fund will fluctuate daily, depending upon the performance of the securities held by the fund.


It may not be obvious at first why you would want to purchase shares in different securities through a mutual fund "middleman" instead of simply purchasing the securities on your own. There are, however, some very good reasons why millions of Americans opt to invest in mutual funds instead of, or in addition to, buying securities directly. Mutual funds can offer you the following benefits:
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