Give Investors Many Advantages
Transcript, 2 minutes 15 seconds, for use during week of Nov.
Description: Penny, Susan and Ira talk about mutual funds.
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Ira: Penny, Susan and I would like to ask you some questions
about mutual funds.
Penny: Mutual funds are a great choice for many individual investors.
Susan: How do mutual funds work, Penny?
Penny: Mutual funds pool money from many investors. So,
a mutual fund company can provide diversification for individual
investors and give you access to the skills of professional managers
who select and monitor the securities in the fund.
Ira: Are there other advantages?
Penny: Another advantage is their liquidity. In other
words, you can easily convert your investment to cash. They
are easy to purchase and can require a smaller amount of money
to get started.
Susan: So if I haven’t got a lot of money or a lot of
time, mutual funds could be the way to go?
Penny: Yes, but remember just because mutual funds make investing
easier, you’re still not off the hook. As with other
types of investing, you need to educate yourself about mutual
funds and research individual funds before you make a commitment
Ira: What are some specific things to look for?
Penny: First, make sure you select a mutual fund which has investing
objectives and a risk level that match your own. Each mutual
fund will have specific investment objectives such as growth,
safety of principal, or current income.
Susan: One of my goals is to save for my retirement, which is
still several years away.
Penny: You might look for an aggressive growth or growth mutual
fund, depending on your risk tolerance.
Ira: Whereas, I’m already retired.
Penny: Because one of your goals is to protect your retirement
income, you might look at a growth and income fund or a fixed
Susan: Thank you, Penny. As always, you’ve been
Penny: You’re welcome and remember for more information
visit the ISU Extension website at extension.iastate.edu and
look for ‘Invest Wisely.’