Computerized Investing > May/June 2007

Comparison: Mutual Fund Screening Services

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by Cara Scatizzi

Investing in mutual funds can be a cost-effective way to own a more diversified portfolio. Selecting and managing individual stocks and bonds can be very time consuming, making mutual fund investing more attractive.

However, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when looking for mutual funds because there are thousands of different funds in existence. And, with the explosion of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which are funds that trade on an exchange like a stock, there are even more choices. It can be difficult to choose a fund that fits your investing goals, needs and expectations.

For investors who prefer to make these decisions without the help of an advisor, mutual fund screening software and Web sites may provide the tools necessary to make smart decisions.

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