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There are many variables that make successful investing a challenge.

And one of your biggest foes may just be you.

What do I mean by this? 

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In the U.S., the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index (S&P 500) is up 12.6% year to date 2012.

That is the good news. The bad?

Your mutual fund is likely not meeting or exceeding this benchmark.

Why the underperformance against investment benchmarks? 

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Top 10 Best Things About Mutual Funds

On 02/03/2012, in Mutual Funds, by Jordan Wilson

Started reading Morningstar’s “Fund Spy” last night.

A gift from the nice folks at Morningstar, so thanks.

In it, Morningstar produces a chart with the top 10 best things about mutual funds.

An interesting list. 

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Each year seems to bring an ever increasing number of new exchange traded funds (ETFs).

2011 was no exception.

Some say many of the new ETFs are not necessary, but I like the increase. 

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In my last post, I indicated that investors should normally not compete against professionals.

That does not mean you cannot rely on their skills in an attempt to enhance your own portfolio returns. In fact, many investors follow analyst recommendations and invest in mutual funds that are actively managed.

Whether this is a prudent investment approach is something we will look at.

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