While most people agree that the best bang for your buck comes from index funds, sometimes you want to roll the dice a little and see if that hot shot mutual fund manager can get you a little better return than the market. Even though index funds are the best value, putting all your funds into one is just as bad as putting all your funds into one stock – you want some diversification on both a stock-bond level as well as a geographic level (and other levels).
Anyway, as is the case every year, Money Magazine put together a list of 70 actively managed mutual funds that they feel provide the best value for the investor on a variety of factors. They break the group up based on market capitalization for stocks, as well as groupings for bonds, international, and a specialty category (for things like real estate funds).
Don’t blindly invest in anything and definitely don’t invest in something just because you saw it in a list – just use this information as another factor in your decision on the funds you want to invest in.
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Here?s our market view on American stock market for 10th October, 2008
The stock market has collapsed – since Sept. 19 the DJIA is down 25% and the S&P 500 is down 28% and down 42% from a year ago.
How can this happen so quickly and so dramatically when so many good things have occurred? Oil is down to $82 a barrel; interest rates are very low; the dollar is up; valuation levels are extremely attractive among many blue chip stocks.
What’s the real problem? The problem that is killing the stock market is a lack of hope about the future.
Hope springs from optimism that is based on facts and history. Look at the history of America and really all of mankind. Life is full of setbacks and problems – that’s just the deal. But this too shall pass, as all scary periods have.
Doomsayers have been around forever and their batting average is zero. Buying stock is based on hope – hope for the future. If one doesn’t have hope, they shouldn’t be in this business.
So what is the best service we, as professionals, can provide for our clients?
First, discuss the fact that we are dealing with serious problems but it is not at all like 1929. The Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department are doing many things to restore confidence in the financial system. There is global coordination in attacking the problem, which is lack of confidence.
Tell your clients to look at history of our great nation and what has happened since 1776 when we faced very serious problems. The stock market actually rose steadily about six months after Pearl Harbor and until the end of WWII even though the outcome was not at all clear for several years.
No one knows when the stock market will bottom and a new bull will commence. We do know that stocks and mutual funds offer the best values we have seen since Black Monday, Oct. 19, 1987.
Almost all Americans have hope about the future of our nation, but they need help to control their normal fears.
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