Fund Investing Made Easy

A menu of ideas for newbies.

It's hard enough for experienced investors to navigate thousands of mutual funds. But if you're new to the investing game, picking from among the myriad choices can be mind-numbing. So here are a few words of advice: Ignore almost all of them. A few low-cost, broad-based funds are all you need to start your portfolio off on the right track. In that spirit, consider these four categories, all ideal for novice investors.

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Elizabeth Leary
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Elizabeth Leary (née Ody) first joined Kiplinger in 2006 as a reporter, and has held various positions on staff and as a contributor in the years since. Her writing has also appeared in Barron's, BloombergBusinessweek, The Washington Post and other outlets.