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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
- 1659 - The earliest modern British cheque was made payable to Mr Delboe for the grand sum of £400, or roughly £48,000 in today’s money. It was dated "16th of February 1659" by merchant Nicholas Vanacker, to be drawn on City bankers Messrs Morris and Clayton. Source: 16 February 1659: the first British cheque
- 1932 - New York Stock Exchange members were prohibited from lending customers' securities after April 1, 1932, without separate authorization in writing. (Source)
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