Sales toads are brokers commissions

Sales loads are commissions paid to brokers (who often call themselves something other than brokers) who sell mutual funds. Typically, commissions range from 4 percent to as high as 8.5 percent of the amount you invest. Note Some funds sold at companies such as Fidelity and Dreyfus charge a commission even though you purchase the fund directly from them without a broker's involvement. I recommend that you avoid these funds as well. (I'll make sure that you do when I recommend specific funds...

Investment Newsletter Halt of Shame

The following sections reveal some of the many examples of the really heavy stuff that gets shoveled by some of these folks to sell you on their investment newsletters. All of the following examples are drawn from real-world newsletters. However, I've changed the names to keep you focused on the types of misleading practices that marketing newsletters engage in rather than having you focus on the particular scoundrels behind each of these disreputable newsletters. A veteran newsletter writer,...

Icons Used in This Book

Throughout this book, you can find friendly and useful icons to enhance your reading pleasure and to flag and demarcate special types of information. So, when you meet one of these margin-hugging doodads, imagine this conversation with yourself Hey, I bet that Eric just pointed out something that can save me time, headaches, money, or all the above Uh, bombs normally ain't real popular in polite company, so maybe Eric's trying to steer me away from mistakes and boo-boos others have made when...

BeWare the claims of the stockpicking gurus

It's easy to dismiss the outrageousness of the claims made by someone like Wade Cook. Even if you don't know that Cook has been in trouble with securities regulators and courts for many years now, your common sense tells you that five and six digit returns are well outside the realm of reasonable expectations for stock performance. But what about the more believable performance claims, in the range of 20 and 30 percent, that can so easily dupe an investor into thinking they're true Like the...

Discount Brokers Mutual Fund Supermarkets

For many years, you could only purchase no-load mutual funds directly from mutual fund companies. If you wanted to buy some funds at, say, Vanguard, Fidelity, T. Rowe Price, and USAA, you needed to call these four different companies and request each firm's application. So you ended up filling out four different sets of forms and mailing them with four envelopes, four stamps, and four separate checks. Soon, you received separate statements from each of the four fund companies reporting how your...

HouJ This Book Is Different

They present you with some newfangled system that you never figure out how to use without the help of a mainframe computer, several mathematicians, and a Nobel Laureate as your personal consultants. Books that bewilder more than enlighten may be intentional because the author may have another agenda to get you to turn your money over to him to manage or to sell you his newsletter s . These writers with an agenda may imply and sometimes say that you really...

Contents at a Glance

1 Part I The Why and Hovi of Mutual Funds 7 Chapter 1 Investments Chapter 2 Mutual Funds Smart Money Management for All of Us 29 Chapter 3 Fitting Funds into Your Financial Chapter 4 How to Pick Great Chapter 5 Where to Buy Part II Establishing a Great Fund Portfolio 135 Chapter 6 Constructing a Chapter 7 Funds That Beat the Bank Money Market Chapter 8 Bond Funds When Boring Is Chapter 9 Funds for Longer-Term Needs Stock Chapter 10 Working It Out Sample Chapter 11 Application, Transfer, and...

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