What are Mutual Funds and how Fintalent can Help you hire the best Mutual Funds Consultants
Mutual funds are a type of fund that pools money from many people and invests in stocks, bonds, or other assets. A professional or family office will decide which assets to buy and when. Unlike stocks, mutual funds do not trade on public exchanges and instead they trade in the wholesale market through a broker. Mutual funds can be purchased directly with cash at your bank, by simply heading over to your bank’s website and entering the online search results for “mutual fund,” or you can purchase them through a broker like Fidelity Investments. Most mutual funds allow you to set up an automatic investing plan that will deposit money into your fund at regular intervals. You can also participate in 401k or IRA retirement plans which, depending on the plan, could include mutual funds as an investment option.
Investors like mutual funds because they are less risky than individual stocks. Over any given 10-year period, you can expect up to 70% of the fund’s holdings to appreciate in value, with the rest losing value. Investors and firms seeking to hire a Mutual Funds Consultant or Mutual funds expert can look to Fintalent, the hiring and collaboration platform for tier-1 M&A and Strategy Professionals for all their consultants and expert needs. Fintalent, an invite only platform screens its consultants to ensure clients only have the best and most experienced freelance mutual funds consultants available for hire.
Advantages of mutual funds
Diversification: Mutual funds invest in dozens or even hundreds of stocks, international firms or bonds. This means that if one stock does poorly, the fund is less likely to lose money than if you were to invest in just one or two stocks.
Professional management: Funds are professionally managed by portfolio managers who choose which stocks/bonds etc. to buy and at what price. They also perform research on the asset classes and can avoid risks such as market timing.
Liquidity: Mutual funds can be sold back to the fund company at any time, while stocks must be sold via a broker, and bonds may have a minimum purchase requirement (e.g., $5,000).
Low transaction costs: Mutual funds often have low transaction costs because the fund manager does not actively trade stocks within the portfolio.
Disadvantages of mutual funds
Fees: Mutual funds charge an annual expense ratio (sometimes referred to as the MER or Management Expense Ratio), which is calculated as a percentage of your total investment. The size of this fee depends on the type of mutual fund you invest in and is charged to cover the cost of operating and managing the fund. In general, small cap, international, value stocks and bond funds tend to have higher fees. There are also sales charges called loads or deferred sales charges when you buy shares directly from a mutual fund company.
Tax consequences: Mutual funds are subject to both taxes and fees. Your mutual fund will distribute capital gains and dividends which will either be taxable or potentially tax deferred, depending on the mutual fund. Other taxes may include income taxes on capital gains, interest or dividends. You may also be assessed a redemption fee on shares that you withdraw from your mutual fund.
How to Purchase Mutual Funds
- Open-End Fund. An open-end mutual fund is one that has no limit to the number of investors or how much they invest. This is the easiest way to buy in to a mutual fund. There are three main types of open-end mutual funds:
· Discounted Funds: You can take full advantage of the compounding effect by investing in discounted (discount) funds. The discount rates for discount schemes are typically much lower than for comparable funds. However, discounted funds tend to lose more money over time than comparable funds due to the lower investment returns earned by them.
· Closed-End Fund: You can purchase shares in closed end funds (CEFs) which either completely or partially close every year (usually every 3 years). The CEFs are traded publicly on an exchange and you can buy shares on the “open” market through your broker.
· Unit Linked Funds (ULF): An ULF is an open-ended investment mutual fund that tracks a single stock or index. You can buy into the fund on the open market through your brokerage firm.
- Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). ETFs are funds which are listed on an exchange, not privately held, like some mutual funds are. ETFs typically track a variety of market indices or stock index options, but some ETFs focus more on commodities or bonds. They can be traded during market hours and some may be traded with large block trades of over 100,000 shares. ETFs also represent a single investment and can be bought and sold like stocks. Due to their liquidity and transparency, ETFs tend to have lower fees than traditional mutual funds.
Why you should hire Fintalent’s Mutual Funds Consultants
Mutual Funds are a good option for investors who do not have a lot of money to invest and want to diversify their investments. Mutual funds allow investors to spread risk among various securities and can include different kinds of securities such as stocks, bonds, precious metals or commodities. Investors looking to take advantage of the numerous advantages offered by mutual funds can get some of the best mutual funds consultants on Fintalent. Fintalent’s mutual funds experts offer a wide range of expertise gathered from top level training and many years of experience. The platform is set up such that only the best consultants are made available for hire, guaranteeing customer satisfaction.