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Mutual Funds for Dummies, 7th Edition


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Introduction 1 Part 1: Getting Started with Funds 7 CHAPTER 1: Making More Money, Taking Less Risk 9 CHAPTER 2: Fund Pros and Cons 23 CHAPTER 3: Funding Your Financial Plans 39 Part 2: Evaluating Alternatives to Funds 55 CHAPTER 4: Selecting Your Own Stocks and Bonds 57 CHAPTER 5: Exchange-Traded Funds and Other Fund Lookalikes 65 CHAPTER 6: Hedge Funds and Other Managed Alternatives 75 Part 3: Separating the Best from the Rest 85 CHAPTER 7: Finding the Best Funds 87 CHAPTER 8: Using Fund Publications 103 CHAPTER 9: Buying Funds from the Best Firms 127 Part 4: Crafting Your Fund Portfolio 145 CHAPTER 10: Perfecting a Fund Portfolio 147 CHAPTER 11: Money Market Funds: Beating the Bank 169 CHAPTER 12: Bond Funds: When Boring Is Best 189 CHAPTER 13: Stock Funds: Meeting Your Longer Term Needs 219 CHAPTER 14: Specialty Funds: One of a Kind 241 CHAPTER 15: Working It Out: Sample Portfolios 251 CHAPTER 16: Applications, Transfers, and Other Useful Forms 275 Part 5: Keeping Current and Informed 295 CHAPTER 17: Evaluating Your Funds and Adjusting Your Portfolio 297 CHAPTER 18: The Taxing Side of Mutual Funds 315 CHAPTER 19: Common Fund Problems and How to Fix Them 331 CHAPTER 20: Information Sources: Fund Ratings and Forecasters 341 Part 6: The Part of Tens 357 CHAPTER 21: Ten Common Fund-Investing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them 359 CHAPTER 22: Ten Fund-Investing Fears to Conquer 365 CHAPTER 23: Ten Tips for Hiring a Financial Adviser 371 Appendix: Recommended Fund Companies and Discount Brokers 381 Index 383

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