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Computerized Investing > Third Quarter 2011

The Top Mutual Fund Screening Services

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by Joe Lan, CFA

Individual investors have numerous options when making investment choices. Choosing an appropriate asset allocation, and the holdings to maintain it, can be challenging, especially with the broad range of investment options open to individual investors. Luckily, there is an abundance of high-quality mutual funds that can keep investors who are managing a personal portfolio on track.

Mutual funds, as well as exchange-traded funds (ETFs), are popular due to several advantages they hold over buying and managing an individual stock portfolio. As we all know, diversification is key to lowering your risk while maintaining an expected level of return. Although most investors would not hold just a single fund, it is actually possible to diversify your portfolio with a single broad-based mutual fund. In addition, many mutual funds are actively managed, meaning that most of the hard work will be done for you. Investors still need to keep an eye on their asset allocation, especially if they are employing mutual funds for specific sectors or asset classes, but they will not need to spend time picking individual stocks.

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