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Mutual funds are registered investment companies that pool investors capital for the purpose of investing in securities. Mutual funds are managed by professional money managers. They are a primary funding vehicle for the corporate contributory retirement system in the United States. In 2014, a total of 7,923 U.S. mutual funds held over 16 trillion dollars of assets, owned by forty-three percent of American households and an estimated 90.4 million individuals
Mutual funds offer investors the advantage of diversification, professional management, liquidity, and convenience. These advantages are offset by such factors as costs, fund turnover, and the consequences of organizational structure. (more...)
This week in financial history
- 1808 - The Borsa Italiana of Milan, Italy's main stock exchange, was founded on January 16, 1808. Share trading began on February 15, 1808. Source: Bicentennial press release
- 1792 - Today is the birthday of the dollar sign ($), as it shows up for the first time on a federal document — a U.S. Treasury bond issued to George Washington. Source: Feature: This Day in Business History The Houston Economics Club.
- 1864 - The Hungarian Stock Exchange, the predecessor of today’s Budapest Stock Exchange (BSE) began its operation on 18 January 1864 in Pest. Source: Brief history of the Exchange
- 1976 - The New York Stock Exchange installed a new high-speed data line and began transmitting market data at up to 36,000 Characters a minute. (Source)
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