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Is there a way to compare mutual funds?

Asked by scubydoo (751points) January 22nd, 2008

More importantly, Im referring to no-load mutual funds and their initial start-up cost. Is there a way other than to search each individual fund for its own initial start-up price? I see that you can find it within the information on each fund but I’m looking for a easier way to search and compare the initial start-up price other than having to search for each symbol and search each one individually. thanks in advance

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you might something good in these links. For those who need to know what no-load is…

No-load mutual fund
A mutual fund that does not charge an initial fee, or load, when you buy shares. There are hundreds, even thousands, of no-load mutual funds. Loads reduce your rate of return, but over time may outperform no-load funds. The load amount is stated as a percentage of the investment. For example, if you buy $2,500 of a 4% load fund, you would pay $100 at the front end of the transaction, which nets you an initial investment amount of $2,400. A no-load fund, however, would net you the full $2,500.

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This is a great chart but only goes up to 2000.

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sometimes the best info can ONLY be gained by paying for it. i dont know anything about investing but here are some others

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Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of a mutual fund carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information about a mutual fund. The fund’s objectives(s) and risk level as well as sales charges, redemption fees, initial minimum investment requirements, expense ratios, and rules regarding market timing are fully disclosed in the prospectus. Prospectuses may be ordered via our trading site or through a Scottrade Branch Office. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing.

CrankMonkey's avatar

Yahoo and Morningstar both have good information on funds. Your broker will also have information. You may want to consider investing in an ETF, as the fees are much lower than those of mutual funds.

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