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What strategy is best? Everyone has an opinion. Are their opinions unbiased? Who can be trusted?

It may seem quite a challenge to the average investor. There are many companies that offer a very diverse list of mutual funds. This is why no fund fits everybody perfectly.

The best approach is to take sufficient time to learn the mutual fund landscape. Well-performing mutual funds have a proven track record. In fact, by observing their performance, it will prove that this is the right fund to join.

The first stage is to choose the right company. Do extensive research. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Remember, the final choice is in the investor's court. To begin with, ask what kind of reputation does the company have? How long have they been doing business? Ask for their latest prospectus?

After picking a company, start focusing on their mutual funds. How long have they offered the mutual fund? What is the track record? Has it done well for the past five years?

Fine tune the questions. How long will the money be invested in their fund? Is there a minimum investment? What is the ratio of risk to return? What kinds of fees? What is the mix of assets in the fund? What is the industry rating for the fund?

When a fund has been chosen, read about it from unbiased sources. Look for information on the Internet. Cross-reference all sources. Make sure that they truly are experts. Remember, the fund may be too good to be true. Pay very close attention to what is said between the lines. It could mean the difference for the growth of the investment.

Often, it is a good idea to try investing in more than one fund. There are many advantages. First of all, the market downturns are generally lessened when one invests in different mixes of funds. Next, select multiple companies to gain their expertise. No company has the answer to every possible contingency. Finally, this minimizes the risk of total failure.

By following the above strategy, investing in mutual funds can provide a steady source of income.

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