Demystifying the Mutual Fund, Part 2

Learn mutual fund lingo and avoid common pitfalls.

Investors often steer toward mutual funds so they don't have to delve into the dark side of stock ratios and company balance sheets. Yet funds have their own bewildering vernacular. Knowing what key terms mean, and what's good performance and bad performance, can help you compare funds and pick the best one.

Part one of Demystifying the Mutual Fund covered a few essential basics -- total return, fund categories and styles, index benchmarks. Now we'll go over some fund lingo that investors need to know.

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