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What Is A Mutual Fund?
An investment instrument that consists of a pool of funds from many investors for the purpose of investing in securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar investment assets. Mutual funds are operated by money managers, who invest the fund's capital and attempt to produce capital gains and income for the fund's investors. A mutual fund's portfolio is structured and maintained to match the investment objectives stated in its prospectus.
One of the main benefits of mutual funds is that they provide small investors access to professionally managed, diversified investment portfolios of equities, bonds and other securities, which would be quite difficult if potentially impossible to create with a small amount of capital. Each investors participates proportionally in the gain or loss of the fund. Mutual fund units, or shares, are issued and can typically be purchased or redeemed as needed at the fund's current net asset value (NAV) per share, which is sometimes expressed as NAVPS.
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