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Fund Spy: Morningstar's Inside Secrets to Selecting Mutual Funds that Outperform Hardcover – March 9, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470414014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470414019
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

If you're serious about picking the right investments for your portfolio, Fund Spy will put you on the right track.

Nobody is more familiar with mutual funds than author Russel Kinnel, the Director of Mutual Fund Research for Morningstar, Inc. and Editor of Morningstar® FundInvestor, a monthly newsletter for individual investors. He has spent over 15 years researching mutual funds and meeting with the people who manage them. Now, with Fund Spy, he offers unparalleled guidance that will sharpen your investing skills and help you find the best funds for your portfolio.

Filled with in-depth insights and expert advice, Fund Spy arms you with the information needed to intelligently screen and select a variety of funds. While both effective new strategies and time-tested techniques are outlined throughout this reliable resource, all of the methods here will help you avoid common mistakes and outperform the average investor.

Page by page, Fund Spy puts this process in perspective with detailed discussion of:

  • How to find managers who invest millions of their own money in their funds

  • Why fund expenses really matter

  • Using a fund's performance to understand its risk and reward profile, as well as its behavior in different types of markets

  • How to find great fund managers and teams

  • And much more

Combining quantitative data with qualitative research, Kinnel highlights key factors that drive fund performance and writes candidly about the industry's conflicts of interest that can harm investors.

Don't settle for high-cost, poorly run funds simply because they fell into your portfolio or someone is touting them. Follow the guidance found in Fund Spy and you'll quickly discover what it takes to research and buy the right funds. Three months from now, you may not see a difference, but you will see a dramatic difference in five or 10 years, when the power of compounding has substantially grown your portfolio and put more money in your pocket.

From the Back Cover

Many people spend more time researching purchases like cars and computers than they do figuring out how they will invest their money. Although buying a car or computer may be more fun, choosing the right investments can significantly impact your life—whether it be retirement or your kids' college education.

Picking funds that will outperform their peers over the long haul may take a little time, but in the end, you'll be better off for it. That's why Russel Kinnel—Director of Mutual Fund Research for Morningstar, Inc. and Editor of Morningstar® FundInvestor—has written Fund Spy. With a straightforward and accessible style, this book offers unparalleled guidance that will sharpen your investing skills and help you find the best funds for your portfolio.

With this book as your guide, you'll discover:

  • How knowing a fund's strategy can enable you to properly evaluate performance, adopt reasonable expectations, and build a portfolio of funds that work together

  • Why you want fund managers who "eat their own cooking"

  • The pros and cons of big no-load fund companies and broker-sold fund companies

  • And much more

You don't have to be a professional fund manager to succeed at this endeavor, but you do have to be prepared. Fund Spy contains proven methods that will allow you to build a portfolio of dependable funds that will prosper over the long term.


More About the Author

With a bachelor's degree in economics and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under his belt, Russel Kinnel began his career at Morningstar in 1994. Fifteen years later, Russ is now Director of Mutual Fund Research and Editor of "Morningstar® FundInvestor," a monthly print newsletter for individual investors. He also oversees Morningstar's Fund Analyst Picks & Pans, writes the "Fund Spy" column for the company's investment Web site, and pens a monthly mutual-funds column for "Kiplinger's Personal Finance" magazine.

During his time at Morningstar, Russ has analyzed virtually every type of fund and has covered the most dominant fund families, including Fidelity, T. Rowe Price, and Vanguard. In fact, Russ's hard-hitting and sometimes controversial analysis led one fund company to put his name on a punching bag in their offices.

Russ helped develop the new Morningstar Rating for funds and the new Morningstar Style Box methodology. He also is co-author of the company's first book, "The Morningstar Guide to Mutual Funds: 5-Star Strategies for Success," a national best-seller which was published by John Wiley & Sons in January 2003.

Russ's most recent achievement, "Fund Spy: Morningstar's Inside Secrets to Selecting Mutual Funds That Outperform," was published in 2009. Written in a straightforward and accessible style, this book is filled with in-depth insights that will sharpen your investing skills and help you screen and find the best funds for your portfolio. "Fund Spy" offers proven strategies that show you methods on how to evaluate performance, assess fund managers, and ultimately choose funds that will help achieve your long-term financial goals. According to the Associated Press, "the book presents the essentials of fund selection in a way that's accessible to novice investors."

Russ lives in Chicago with his wife, Elisabeth. He is an avid fan of the Chicago Bulls and Wisconsin Badgers. Russ also likes hiking and jazz.

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