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Value Mutual Funds

Value funds are mutual funds that play it safe. Often these funds are invested in companies the market has decided to ignore. This could be due to a poor quarterly earnings report, difficult times for a certain sector, or just changing investor preferences.

Value funds buy up generally sound stocks that are being offered at discount prices. The fund manager holds them with the expectation that they will return to their former value. These are often referred to undervalued stocks. The fund manager watches the various stocks in the fund to determine which ones will grow, and which will pay the highest dividends.

Value funds are considered less volatile. However, the stock may remain at low prices for too long, and that can erode the return. These are good funds to invest in during what is called a bear phase in the stock markets. A bear market may affect many formerly robust stocks. Usually when the market recovers, the stocks will also make steady gains.

Mutual fund Managers handling value funds will try to buy low, and sell high. This is opposed to growth funds, which will buy high in the hopes of selling at an even more inflated price. The growth rate of value funds is generally a little bit lower than growth funds. Usually, value funds carry less risk. Investors who want just a moderate risk may be suited to value funds. Value funds may also be suitable for people who plan to retire in a relatively short time. Value funds are slow to react to market movements.

It is a good idea to research the record of the value fund manager. A manager who has performed well in the past has a proven ability to predict which value funds will make steady gains.

Value funds, like any mutual fund, also spread the investment risk out over a variety of companies. You also share some of the expenses with other investors such as trading fees. If you are planning to retire within the next several years, value funds may be something that would interest you. Talk to your broker about investing in value funds. Bonds and Money market funds may also be good investment vehicles for someone due to retire in the near future. Some people prefer a mix of investment options.

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