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Take the time needed to learn about mutual fund investing advantages

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In basic terms, a mutual fund is a company whose main objective is to professionally invest a pool of money in securities and earn a positive return for shareholders.  In this way, these companies allow you to “mutually” share the rewards and risks of investing, hence their name.
 
Buying shares in a mutual fund actually gives you stock or bond holdings in various companies, based on the underlying investments. Your shares are pooled together with other investors’ shares, and the combined assets give you access to a level of diversification that you may not otherwise be able to obtain.  It’s always important to remember that mutual fund investing involves risk, and your investment may be worth more or less than the original cost when redeemed. Your principal and investment return will fluctuate in value, so it’s important to understand a few basics about these funds.

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