Those that have a burning desire to invest and see the results they can stack up often find themselves short-changed when trying to move as an individual. Options can fall short of their overall objectives, and they can find themselves stuck in a pool of tight regulations and safeguards. If you are looking to get into investment, there are a lot of ways to get started. But how can you find out the right way? How can you find the way that’s going to give you the most return for what you put in?
Well, what would you say if I told you that you can jump aboard an investment machine, run by professional money managers, in which each member benefits and succumbs to losses equally throughout the team? Sounds pretty good right? If only there was someone that could explain a bit further.
I’m going to take you through what could be seen as your one-way ticket to successful investment, a short rundown to get you started in the world of stocks and gains. Then it’s up to you to learn more and put all these lessons into action! Let’s begin.
What is a mutual fund?
A mutual fund is a large pool of money gathered by a multitude of investors. This pool is gathered with the intention of investment within bonds and other various assets that may result in a positive return. The moves that a mutual fund makes when it comes to investment are controlled and dictated by an individual or group of money managers who are skilled in investment and knowledgeable of opportunities arising.
Imagine it like a bus heading towards a certain destination. If it looks to be a destination you could benefit from, you hop on that bus along with everybody else that wishes to go to that destination. If you reach your destination in half the time you thought, you benefit as much as everyone else that got on the bus. But, if the bus breaks down and you have to wait for 4 hours, you all feel that bad luck as much as the other people.
The managing team of a mutual fund is often very small. There is a board of directors, a fund manager (who also usually owns it as well), and these members might see fit to hire analysts or assessors to aid them in their financial movements. Mutual funds also need accountants and a compliance officer to make sure they follow complex regulations.
Like many other opportunities such as this, you can opt for a fixed mutual fund. This means that you pay in and see a fixed rate of return. Any ups and downs undertaken by the mutual fund and its relative investments will not affect your return at all.
Another type of mutual fund is known as an index fund. This type works on the belief that the market is a complex and often negative place, so will often make moves dependent on the overall market outlook. The benefit of a fund like this is that less of the money is eaten up by analysts and employees as the process is quite simple.
The advantage of variants
The main advantage that is seen to be experienced through being part of a mutual fund is that a mix or variation in investments of assets leads to a loss of risk. Rather than putting all of your eggs in one basket, you are trusting a board of directors to know what baskets to put how many eggs into.
In this way, they are a great method that enables novice investors the chance to see some return on their investments. There is the added safety net of a strong team, and the knowledge of professional analysts and accountants to back up every move that you make.
How do I find the right one?
Now you’ve heard about the wonders of mutual funds, you might be wondering how to spot a good one, or where to find them at all. Well, here are a few tips.
- Know what you want
When entering into an agreement such as this, you have to take a long hard look at what results you want to see from it. Where do you think your money will be well invested? Do you have the time and patience to join a smaller team? Or would you rather muck in with a crowd that seems to be going in a direction that you want?
To answer these questions, you need to have a definitive sense of self-awareness when it comes to your goals and your desires.
- Read the prospectus
How can you possibly know what the overall plan of a multi-faceted number of investors and shareholders is? It sounds impossible to track until you realize that each mutual fund has a prospectus. This prospectus gives an amount of detail on the mutual fund’s strategies and aspirations. Everything from annual return reports, to where they want to be in 20 years from now.
Reading these can give a vital insight into the core workings of a mutual fund before you decide to join. You can really weigh up whether the fund is beneficial for you and chimes with your aspirations.
- Strength in numbers
If you are really just starting out and looking to find a trustworthy fund, I would suggest sticking with large groups. If you become part of a mutual fund that is quite popular, you know you can trust their movements that little bit more than a group of 5 or 6 people. The larger funds tend to be the ones that make more controlled, safe investments and this can really benefit those just starting out looking to get a taste of what could be when it comes to investing.