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Mutual funds are a popular choice for today's investor, which is why making sense of the available options has never been tougher. This unbeatable resource contains everything you need to find the right funds, choose the best discount broker, and build a winning portfolio.

Kirk Kazanjian, a nationally recognized fund expert, provides clear, practical guidance you can put to use right away. He filters through the overwhelming universe of funds to reveal your best bets for the ...

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Overview

Mutual funds are a popular choice for today's investor, which is why making sense of the available options has never been tougher. This unbeatable resource contains everything you need to find the right funds, choose the best discount broker, and build a winning portfolio.

Kirk Kazanjian, a nationally recognized fund expert, provides clear, practical guidance you can put to use right away. He filters through the overwhelming universe of funds to reveal your best bets for the year ahead. Plus, you'll find performance data for more than 10,000 funds, compiled by the trusted experts at Value Line. You'll gain a firm understanding of how mutual funds work, how to buy them, and which funds best suit your needs.

Timely, targeted, reliable, and complete, Mutual Fund Investor's Guide 2002 contains everything you need to create a top-notch investment plan, regardless of how much you have to invest or your experience level.

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Mutual funds may be today's most popular invetsment choice; however, many eager investors still do not understand them. Kazanjian, author of "Wizards of Wall Street," compiles the important aspects of mutual funds such as choosing a discount broker, selecting funds, and building a portfolio. He presents what he believes to be the most useful tools for the beginner to the advanced investor. The book also includes performance on over 9,000 funds from Value Line, 100 "powerhouse performers," and his personal picks of the best Internet sites and discount brokers for fund investors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735203013
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.18 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction xi
Chapter 1 Mutual Funds--Today's Investment of Choice 1
The Explosion of Mutual Funds: A Brief History 1
Funds Are Hot 3
Why You Should Invest in Funds 4
The Drawbacks 9
Making Your Initial Investment 11
Keeping Track of Your Holdings 13
Chapter 2 Finding the Fund That's Right for You 15
Always Remember: Go No-Load 15
Stock Fund Selection 16
Fund Managers: An Up-Close Look 17
The Quantitative Variables 22
Bond Funds 23
Money Market Funds 25
Sell Strategy 26
The Seven Deadly Sins of Mutual Fund Investing 27
Chapter 3 Index Funds--Better Than Active Management? 30
What Are Index Funds Anyway? 31
A Brief History of Index Funds 33
Why Buy Index Funds? 35
Enhanced Index Funds 36
Final Thoughts about Indexing 37
Chapter 4 Shopping at the Fund Supermarkets 39
The Start of Something Big 40
The Wave of the Future 41
Getting Started 42
Choosing Your Broker 43
Chapter 5 100 Powerhouse Performers for 2002 46
Chapter 6 Putting Your Portfolio Together 250
What Is Asset Allocation? 250
Risk versus Reward 251
Investor Profile 254
1. Aggressive All-Stock Portfolio 254
2. Moderate All-Stock Portfolio 257
3. Moderate Stock and Bond Portfolio 259
4. Balanced Stock and Bond Portfolio 260
5. Conservative Income Producer 261
How the Portfolios Were Put Together 262
Timing the Market 266
Chapter 7 The 25 Best Internet Sites for Mutual Fund Investors 267
Chapter 8 Value Line Performance Data for Some 9,000 Funds 276
Glossary of Fund Investment Terms 475
About the Author 485
Index 487
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Foreword

I started this foreword with a quote from the great author and teller of sea tales, Joseph Conrad, for two reasons: One is purely selfish-he's my favorite author. The other is because Conrad, as a writer, makes the world of the sailor come alive. He helps the reader understand what it must have been like to sail across the ocean on clear days and in deadly squalls. His vivid descriptions of people, places, and things make the reader "see" what is at the heart of his characters. You aren't just told that a character acted in some way, you understand why the character did it. A subtle difference to some, a distinction between mediocrity and greatness to others.

While they seem quite different, I believe Kirk Kazanjian does the same thing in the Mutual Fund Investor's Guide 2002. Kirk does not simply throw out a bunch of numbers or give you bland, meaningless prospectus descriptions. Instead, he helps you understand the essence of mutual fund investing. Kirk quickly and succinctly makes you see what a fund is all about. You instantly know if a particular fund is right for you. But, there is more.

This book, though predominantly about mutual funds, starts out by giving you a framework with which to steer your entire portfolio. A compass, if you will allow my analogy, to guide you across the investment ocean.

And what a trip you will have! By reading this book, you will receive training by a seasoned captain. You will have his notes and Value Line's charts to follow. All that is left is for you to find the treasure that resides on the other side of the ocean in the wonderful world of mutual funds.

Do not, however, expect smooth sailing tie whole way. No trip of this magnitude ever ends without some adventure. For instance, we've had several steep stock market corrections over the years. But the market has always eventually recovered and moved on to higher ground. Those investors lacking the discipline Kirk describes risk succumbing to fear and losing their course in these rough waters. Let Kirk guide you through the market's gyrations as you sail your way to investment prosperity.

Reuben Gregg Brewer
Manager of Mutual Fund Research
Value Line, Inc.

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