Computerized Investing > July/August 2003

Editor's Outlook

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by John Bajkowski

AAII members have always shown a great interest in mutual funds and locating good tools for selecting and monitoring funds. Ninety percent of AAII members invest in at least one mutual fund, while 45% have seven or more mutual fund holdings. The appeal of mutual funds is obvious and strong—an easy and inexpensive way to invest in a diversified portfolio managed by a professional.

Whether you are a passive investor looking to invest in a single fund to cover both your domestic and international diversification needs with an investment in a mix of stocks, bonds and cash, or an active investor looking for a specialty fund to place a bet on the healthcare sector, chances are that you have a number of funds to choose from.

While 19% of our members use a financial planner to help with their investment decision-making the vast majority of our members make their own allocation and fund selection decisions.

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