Mutual Funds

5 Mutual Funds to Avoid

Sometimes investing success comes from what you avoid rather than what you actually buy. Here are five mutual funds to avoid at all costs. Read Article

Dividend Darlings: 3 Mutual Funds to Buy

If you're looking for dividend-paying stocks but worry about your own stock-picking skills, consider these three sturdy mutual funds instead. Read Article

Get Ready for More Alternative Funds

Now that mutual funds can pitch alternative funds to retail investors, expect to see a lot of "alts" coming to the market. Read Article

2 Energy Funds to Power Your Portfolio

A growing global population means energy as an investing trend isn't going anywhere. However, finding the right play can be tricky, so consider leaning on these mutual funds' brainpower. Read Article

Has PIMCO’s Bill Gross Lost His Midas Touch?

The "Bond King's" Total Return Fund is doing some serious bleeding in 2013, but how much of it rests on Bill Gross' shoulders? Read Article

2 Small-Cap Funds That Deliver

For many, the best way to invest in small caps is to let active management sort the wheat from the chaff. Try these two small-cap funds on for size. Read Article

3 Balanced Mutual Funds for a Smooth Ride

These three balanced mutual funds aren't just for conservative investors -- they're for anyone nervous about the stock market. Read Article

3 Midcap Funds You Can Take to the Bank

Supercharge your portfolio with funds that target underappreciated but overperforming midcap stocks, and make sure you're plenty exposed to financials. Read Article

3 Reasons Not to Give Up on Mutual Funds

Mutual funds have been largely dismissed as inferior to exchange-traded funds, but they still tout a couple of important advantages. Read Article

5 Great European Stock Funds

Mutual funds with exposure to Europe give investors exposure to cheap, high-quality stocks as the region emerges from recession. Read Article

Vanguard Total World Stock Index Still Not a Buy

Looking for some international exposure? Vanguard Total World Stock Index might be on your radar, but you might be better off straying from the index. Read Article

Planning for Retirement? Simplify, Simplify … to Just 3 Funds

In an investing world with thousands of choices, many are choosing to slim down to just a few select funds. How can you do more with less? Here are a few ideas. Read Article

2 Mutual Funds for Both Dividends and Growth

Dividends are good. Growth is good. Why not pick up mutual funds that offer both? Read Article

Should You Buy Foreign Mutual Funds?

It can be difficult to decide whether you should invest in foreign mutual funds or not, but arguments against it tend to fall short. Here's why. Read Article

When Does It Make Sense to Pay High Mutual Fund Fees?

Most mutual funds don’t come close to beating the indexes they’re compared against, yet they carry steep fees for active management. Which should you choose? Read Article

5 Great Dividend Mutual Funds

If you want the best of both worlds -- capital appreciation and a cash stream -- consider pursuing an equity-income strategy via one or more of these mutual funds. Read Article

Using ETFs to Replace Your Expensive Mutual Funds

Fees associated with many mutual funds look small but over time those fees erode the overall value of your portfolio. Look to ETFs as an alternative Read Article

For Big Global Returns, Get Small

The door will likely soon close on this new issue -- and the management team's track record suggests you may want to get involved. Read Article

Blackstone’s New Hedge Fund Mutual Fund: A Winning Alternative

Are "alternative" investment strategies like hedge fund mutual funds worthwhile? Sure ... as long as you understand what you're buying. Read Article

Vanguard Muni Bond Funds: 2 Buys & 1 Hold

The tax-free yield of municipal bonds can be a big draw for long-term investors -- but before you jump in, here's what you need to know, plus 3 recommendations. Read Article