The Rise of Mutual Funds: An Insider's View

The Rise of Mutual Funds: An Insider's View

by Matthew P. Fink


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In 1940 few Americans had heard of mutual funds. Today U.S. mutual funds are the largest financial industry in the world, with over 88 million shareholders and over $11 trillion in assets. New and updated to reflect the crash of 2008, Matthew Fink's latest book, The Rise of Mutual Funds: An Insider's View, Second Edition describes the developments that have produced mutual funds' long history of success. Among these developments are:

* formation of the first mutual funds in the roaring 20s
* how the 1929 stock market crash, a disaster for most financial institutions, spurred the growth of mutual funds
* establishment in 1934, over FDR's objection, of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the federal agency that regulates mutual funds
* enactment of the Revenue Act of 1936, the tax law that saved mutual funds from extinction
* passage of the Investment Company Act of 1940, the "constitution" of the mutual fund industry
* the creation in 1972 of money market funds, which totally changed the mutual fund industry and the entire U.S. financial system
*enactment of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, which created Individual Retirement Accounts
* the accidental development of 401(k) plans, which have revolutionized the way Americans save for retirement
* the 2003 trading abuses, the greatest scandal ever in the history of the mutual fund industry

Many events have never been discussed in detail; others have been discussed in works on other subjects. This is the first book that pulls together the many strands of mutual funds' unique history, written by an expert who draws on forty years of personal experience in the fund industry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199753505
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/21/2011
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Matthew P. Fink was employed by the Investment Company Institute, the national association of the mutual fund industry, from 1971 to 2004, and served as its President from 1991 to 2004. He is the author of articles on mutual fund history and regularly lectures on that history. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School and attended the London School of Economics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Beginning the Foundation
Chapter 2 Completing the Foundation: The Investment Company Act
Chapter 3 Early Development
Chapter 4 Responding to the Bear Market: Money Market Funds
Chapter 5 Other Responses to the Bear Market
Chapter 6 The Revolution in Retirement Plans
Chapter 7 Reentry of Securities Firms and Banks
Chapter 8 Responding to Fund Growth: Calls for New Types of Regulation
Chapter 9 Modernizing SEC Regulation
Chapter 10 Updating Other Regulation
Chapter 11 The Trading Scandals
Chapter 12 The 2008 Meltdown
Chapter 13 Work of a Trade Association
Chapter 14 Looking Back, and Ahead

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