If you want to start investing but don’t know the first thing about where you should your money, then mutual funds are a great way to get started. They essentially consist of a pool of money which is then allocated into assets such as stocks or bonds. What this essentially means is that your investment into a particular fund will give you holdings in different assets thus reducing your overall risk.
Of course, like with stocks and other assets not all mutual funds are created equally as there are literally hundreds of available funds. Load mutual funds charge a fee which pays the salary of the board of advisers. The fees typically vary but are usually a small amount so if you earn $100 you might get back $96 after all the fees.
On the other hand, no load mutual funds do not charge a fee to investors and are generally available to anyone. Given today’s economy, are no load mutual funds inferior to those that charge a fee for their services? Any manager that “guarantees” a return on your investment is only out to get your money so be extra careful of those who promise a return.
While there are most definitely those funds that charge a fee that do exceptionally well, the return you can expect to get will be significantly lower once all the fees are factored in. If you are just starting out, then it is suggested to invest in those funds that do not charge a fee. Stable stocks such as from oil and utility companies typically stay consistent and pay out decent dividends.
No load mutual funds are excellent investment vehicles as they allow you to diversify and reduce your risk. Be sure to always do your research ahead of time into a particular fund you are interested in and use resources to gather further analysis. The last thing you want is following a hot tip that turns out to be a dud because you didn’t do your research.
Paradigm Capital Management is a trusted leader in small cap investing. The Paradigm Funds family of no-load mutual funds makes the firm’s small-cap and SMid-cap strategies available to fee-based financial advisers and retirement professionals. Paradigm Funds are widely available on more than 50 no-load platforms.
To learn more about how Paradigm Capital Management’s capabilities align with your long-term goals, please contact us at (518) 431-3500