Computerized Investing > July/August 2003

Comparison: Mutual Fund Screening Systems

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by John Bajkowski

Mutual funds provide investors an easy and cost effective way to own a diversified portfolio of domestic and foreign stocks and bonds. Mutual funds free investors from the work involved in selecting and managing a portfolio of individual stocks and bonds, but the wide range of mutual fund choices has made it more difficult to select and monitor the funds themselves. While you can turn to an investment adviser or financial planner for advice on selecting mutual funds, mutual fund screening and analysis programs provide the necessary tools and data for investors who are willing to do their own homework.


The thought of sifting through thousands upon thousands of mutual funds to select a single fund can be quite an imposing task. With the number of mutual funds surpassing the number of publicly traded stocks, how can you narrow the scope? One answer is screening.

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