Morningstar Guide to Mutual Funds: Five-Star Strategies for Success

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GUIDE TO MUTUAL FUNDS

SECOND EDITION

"Picking actively managed mutual funds is no mean challenge. And as the recent era underscores, past performance is of little help. The Morningstar Guide to Mutual Funds helps cut through the fog with a solid volume of constructive information. The central message--'truly diversify, keep it simple, focus on costs, and stick with it'--is not only timeless, it is priceless."
--John C. Bogle, founder and former CEO, The Vanguard Group

"Successful investors know they must do their own due diligence. Morningstar has done much of that homework in this guide. Leave it to Morningstar to get it right, offering smart ways to pick, build and monitor a portfolio. It's a commonsense guide that should grace every investor's shelf."
--Ted David, CNBC Anchor

"There's nothing Morningstar doesn't know about mutual funds. And at last, for ready reference, there's a book. You'll find everything here you need to know about managing fund investments, inside or outside a 401(k)."
--Jane Bryant Quinn, Newsweek columnist and author of Making the Most of Your Money

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Since the publication of the bestselling original Morningstar® Guide to Mutual Funds, investors have confronted some challenging questions head-on. How do you find a mutual fund company you can trust? Are exchange-traded funds a viable alternative to traditional mutual funds? And perhaps a more fundamental question: Are mutual funds still worth investing in?

Completely revised and updated to meet the needs of today's demanding investor, Morningstar® Guide to Mutual Funds, Second Edition answers these questions and many more. Filled with commonsense advice that will help both the novice and seasoned investor, this book outlines the latest tools and techniques needed to select winning mutual funds, create a well-diversified portfolio, and help you reach your financial goals. It shares Morningstar's top mutual fund picks, provides sample portfolios for investors with short-, intermediate-, and long-term time horizons, and tells you how to avoid the pitfalls that trip up so many other investors. Most of all, it will allow you to take an objective look at your investments and make the most informed decisions possible.

Regardless of your investment experience or expertise, Morningstar® Guide to Mutual Funds, Second Edition will show you how to find funds that fit your needs today and in the future. In the following pages, Christine Benz, a Morningstar veteran, uses a detailed, yet easily understandable format to share the knowledge that Morningstar's experts have built over the past twenty-one years. This book delves into topics that will help you learn how to:

  • Build a portfolio of funds that is tailored to your personal situation and goals
  • Determine the role bond funds, index funds, and exchange-traded funds should play in your portfolio
  • Keep your portfolio on the right track with quarterly and annual reviews
  • Minimize costs with an in-depth explanation of expense ratios, loads, and other fund charges
  • Understand the correlation between invest- ment style and risk
  • Identify the key points in assessing the quality of a fund's manager, and your next steps if a fund manager leaves

Through a clear presentation of financial information and lively anecdotes, Morningstar® Guide to Mutual Funds, Second Edition will help you build and maintain a profitable mutual fund portfolio today and for years to come.

About the Author:

CHRISTINE BENZ is Editor of Morningstar® Mutual Funds, a bimonthly publication, and Morningstar® Funds 500, an annual book covering 500 top mutual funds. She has worked as a Morningstar analyst and editor since 1993, focusing on growth-oriented funds. Benz is widely quoted in the media and appears regularly on CNBC.

MORNINGSTAR, INC., is a leading provider of investment research in the United States and in major international markets. The company offers an extensive line of Internet, software, and print-based products and services for individuals, financial advisors, and institutional clients. Morningstar provides data on more than 125,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles. The company has operations in sixteen countries.

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