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Expanded coverage of ETFs, fund alternatives, and Internet research

Cash in on the latest wealth-building techniques with America's #1 best-selling mutual fund book

Want to make the most of mutual funds? Personal finance expert Eric Tyson shares his time-tested investing advice, as well as updates to his fund recommendations and revised coverage of tax law changes, in this user-friendly resource. Sample fund portfolios and updated forms show you exactly how to accomplish your financial goals.

• Pick the best funds and avoid losers

• Assemble and maintain a portfolio

• Evaluate your funds' performance

• Track and invest in funds online

• Fix common fund problems

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470165003
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/27/2007
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Tyson, MBA, is a financial counselor, a syndicated columnist, and theauthor of bestselling For Dummies books on personal finance, investing, real estate, and taxes.
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Table of Contents


Part I: Mutual Funds: Sharing Risks and Rewards.

Chapter 1: Making More Money, Taking Less Risk.

Chapter 2: Mutual Funds: Strengths and Weaknesses.

Chapter 3: Funding Your Financial Plans.

Part II: Evaluating Alternatives to Funds.

Chapter 4: Selecting Your Own Stocks and Bonds.

Chapter 5: Exchange-Traded Funds and Other Fund Lookalikes.

Chapter 6: Hedge Funds and Other Managed Alternatives.

Part III: Separating the Best From the Rest.

Chapter 7: Finding the Best Funds.

Chapter 8: Buying Funds from the Best Firms.

Part IV: Establishing a Great Fund Portfolio.

Chapter 9: Perfecting a Fund Portfolio.

Chapter 10: Money Market Funds: Beating the Bank.

Chapter 11: Bond Funds: When Boring Is Beautiful.

Chapter 12: Stock Funds: Meeting Your Longer-Term Needs.

Chapter 13: Working It Out: Sample Portfolios.

Chapter 14: Applications, Transfers, and Other Useful Forms.

Part V: Keeping Current and Informed.

Chapter 15: Evaluating Your Funds and Adjusting Your Portfolio.

Chapter 16: The Taxing Side of Mutual Funds.

Chapter 17: Common Fund Problems and How to Fix Them.

Chapter 18: Fund Ratings and Forecasters.

Chapter 19: Harnessing Your Computer’s Power.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Common Fund-Investing Mistakesand How to Avoid Them.

Chapter 21: Ten Fund-Investing Fears to Conquer.

Chapter 22: Ten Tips on Hiring a Financial Adviser.

Appendix: Recommended Fund Companies and Discount Brokers.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Good for Beginning Investors

    This book helps one to begin to understand the terminoloy so they can move on to more advanced reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2002

    Very informative

    Good Book .. Lots of knowledge .. The book is written so that you can open up to any chapter and dig in, which is why the information becomes very repetitive if you read the book cover-to-cover. The author explains things in simple terms and gives a ton of real-world examples. I also recommend the Dummies book 'Investing for Dummies' by the same author -- just be advised, between the two books, there is only really a book and a quarter of unique info.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2002

    A Good Read

    Lots of good suggestions and pointers, but a little repetitive and long winded. I was able to make confident mutual fund choices after reading this.

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