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What are mutual funds? Where do they invest?

Tags: money, mutual funds, politics & government
Asked by lily, 17 Aug '10 10:17 am
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If we break the phrase 'mutual funds' and analyze the words, we realize that it refers to funds that are raised and invested mutually, i.e. on behalf of everyone participating in the scheme. If you and your friend both pool your money and invest it jointly, you have created your own mutual fund. When the concept of companies initially formed, people who knew each other and were willing to take the risk of the venture used to put in the share capital of the company. Slowly, entrepreneurs realized that many are interested in investing financially in the company but do not want to take the day-to-day hassle of managing the company. Thus began the concept of passive investing in companies: with shareholders and executives separated. Similarly, in the case of mutual funds, people are not interested in the day-to-day management of the funds but are interested in the final outcome of the investment. Hence, they pool their money together, hire an investment manager who manages funds for them a ...more
Answered by sumati gayki, 17 Aug '10 10:22 am

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