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Retirement Mutual Funds

Retirement mutual funds are one of the best ways to save for your future. If you invest in mutual funds, you are pooling your money with other investors. An investment fund manager will look after investing money from many different people. The money is usually divided amongst a number of investment vehicles including stocks, bonds, and short-term money market instruments.

Every year, or more often, the net proceeds or losses are divided up amongst the investors. Globally, investors can choose a variety of retirement mutual funds. Spreading your investment money out over a variety of options, helps reduce risk. It also divides transaction costs among all of the shareholders.

There are hundreds of possible categories. You can invest primarily in shares of certain industries. There are bond funds. You can direct your money to certain markets, such as energy-based funds, or government based bonds. Funds can be directed at emerging markets. There are even funds containing a variety of other mutual funds.

Your fund manager is constantly adjusting the investments, and moving money to what he expects will provide the biggest return. All the while, the fund manager will keep the investments as close to the funds objective as possible. A fund management company usually hires the fund manager and keeps tabs on the fund manager.

The current market value of a fund is known as Net Asset Value or NAV. The takes into account any fund liabilities. NAV is usually calculated on a per share basis. The NAV is usually tabulated after the end of trading day. The NAV is usually the basis of the Public Offering Price, with a sales charge added on top.

A fund also carries a management fee or contractual investment advisory fee. Funds will also have other expenses that will be passed on to the investor.

One of the best ways to invest in retirement mutual funds is through dollar cost averaging. This means buying a certain amount in shares every month or so. The advantage of constantly buying a set amount is it averages out the ups and downs in the market. When the market is down, you are buying more shares at discount prices. The sooner you start investing, the more money you will make thanks to compound interest. This means you are earning interest on interest you already earned and invested.

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