Do some research online about the different methods available to first-time investors, and you’ll start to see a lot about mutual funds. Effectively offering an alternative to personal portfolio management, these types of funds have become quite popular over the years with people who want to watch their investments grow, but aren’t sure how to make it happen on their own. It should be noted that a mutual fund is by no means a guaranteed success—and there is no such thing in the world of investing and financial management. But to help explain these funds’ general popularity, here are a few of the common reasons people seem to love them.
1. Money Is Managed Professionally
Curiously enough, this came up in an article on why rich people like mutual funds, in which it was simply stated that wealthy and successful people don’t pretend to know everything about money management. Why this angle needs to be presented as being exclusive to the wealthy is a mystery, however. Most people know far more about how we make money than about how to manage that money. Thus, perhaps the main appeal of mutual funds is that they’re handled by professional investors whose job is to make sure your finances grow over time.
2. Buying In Is Affordable
This is a point that isn’t mentioned as frequently, but it came up in an overview of all things mutual fund-related. Mutual funds do cost money. You have to buy in, and you have to pay a fee to the fund manager. Depending on the fund, that may not be particularly cheap. But the idea here is that mutual funds allow investors to take part in large volume, costly investments in which they may otherwise not have the ability to participate. Because different investors’ money is pooled together by fund managers, it’s simply more affordable for each individual take part in a larger asset or pool of assets.
3. Diversification Is Assumed
It says a lot that one write-up of the pros and cons of mutual funds mentioned “over-diversification” as a potential drawback. If the fund is stretched too thin over a range of assets, you’re less likely to see any kind of significant gains from one of those assets gaining value. However, there are far worse problems to have when investing. Strategic diversification is challenging, and fund managers just about always do it. The idea is that you’re also less likely to feel harsh losses, which makes some feel that these funds are low-risk in their own way.
4. You Can Shop Around For The Right Fund
Finally, when buying into a mutual fund, you have the ability to shop around for one that suits your preferences. You can do this by looking at recent performance, speaking to fund managers, and possibly even communicating with others who have bought in (though this isn’t always an option). Some are riskier than others, some are smaller, and different managers have different fees for their own reasons. You can take the time to find a fund that works best for you, almost as if you’re filtering through previews of your own immediate future in investment.