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Mutual Funds For Dummies 3rd Edition

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"Chock-full of useful examples and advice for both new and experienced investors." Christian Science Monitor Your complete guide to mutual funds! "You don't have to be a novice to like Mutual Funds For Dummies…. Eric Tyson clearly has a mastery of his subject." — Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine "Eric Tyson is far and away the best writer, most readable author, and most honest and intelligent voice in America today in the areas of personal finance and mutual fund investing." — David Diaman, Enrolled Agent, San Rafael, CA "Injects common sense into the dizzying world of mutual funds." — Oakland Tribune

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Discover how to: Pick the best funds and avoid losers Assemble and maintain a portfolio Select the best stock funds for growth Choose bond and money funds Access mutual fund information online

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About the Author

Eric Tyson is a syndicated personal financial writer, lecturer, and counselor. He is dedicated to teaching people to manage their personal finances better. Eric is a former management consultant to Fortune 500 financial service firms. Over the past two decades, he has successfully invested in securities as well as in real estate and has started and managed several businesses. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics at Yale and an M.B.A. at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
An accomplished freelance personal finance writer, Eric is the author of five other national best-sellers in the...For Dummies series: Home Buying (co-author), Personal Finance, Investing, Mutual Funds, and Taxes (co-author). His work has been featured and praised in hundreds of national and local publications, including Newsweek, Kiplinger's, The Wall Street Journal, Money, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and on NBC's Today Show, PBS's Nightly Business Report, CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC, CNBC, Bloomberg Business Radio, CBS National Radio, and National Public Radio.
Eric has counseled thousands of clients on a variety of personal finance, investment, real estate, and mortgage quandaries and questions. In addition to maintaining a financial counseling practice, he is a popular speaker on important personal finance topics.
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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (April 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764553291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764553295
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,735,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mutual funds for dummies" is the third book from the "Dummies" series I got my hands on. Reading the first two was a waste of time, and frankly speaking I did not expect much from this one either. However, this book was a pleasant surprise, which changed my opinion on the "Dummies" books. The first half of the book is a comprehensive study of the basics of mutual funds and of the criteria for evaluating their performance and selecting the best funds. It is so well written that I asked myself many times while reading what this book had to do with the "Dummies" series. I got the answer to this question at the end of the book, where the author offers detailed instructions which funds can be recommended to start with, how to obtain and fill out an application form, how to understand statements from the fund, and finally how to calculate your taxes at the end of the year. This book is indeed a benchmark which other books from the "Dummies" series should be compared with: a combination of sufficiently detailed information for those who want to know what they are doing, with step-by-step instructions and detailed advice for those who want to get started right away and do not have the time or the background to study the possible options and make their own independent picks of the funds. Another impressive aspect of this book is that the author makes every attempt to convince the readers not only look into the performance of individual investment vehicles, but also to take into account their individual financial situation, such as long and short term financial goals, tax brackets, availability of retirement accounts, etc. Most other books leave this important aspect completely out of the scope.Read more ›
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After having read many mutual fund books over the last 7 years, this one cuts through the complexity to give you down to earth suggestions you can use. He names funds to buy and some not to buy. He clearly explains the impact of low operating expenses on total return. He is not afraid to criticize financial newsletters and the Morningstar rating system (it has not done very well in predicting future performance). Best mutual fund book I have read.
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Eric Tyson has put together a very good book for new Mutual Fund Investors. This book will act as a "coach" to get new investors going and growing a portfolio of mutuals. For even more powerful strategies, I strongly recommend "Mutual Fund Strategies" by J.W. Dicks and "More Wealth without Risk" by Charles Givens. These books will "turbo charge" your portfolio.
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This book is an excellent guide to the world of mutual funds. Eric Tyson does a service to beginning investors by steering them towards the modest goal of getting the same return as the market by investing in low-fee, low turnover mutual funds (preferably index funds).
Tyson covers nearly everything in this book, from how to build a portfolio, to what returns you can reasonably expect, to where to buy the funds. He covers stock funds, bond funds, and money market funds, and shows how you can evaluate them. He does all of this in easy-to-read prose.

I have one small complaint about the book. If Tyson is not paid by Vanguard, he should be. I can understand that given its dedication to low cost and its unique corporate structure among brokerages, Vanguard might be the best place around to buy mutual funds, but Tyson should have made a point to back off just a bit on highlighting the company so egregiously to avoid the appearance of being the company's shill.
But despite this small lapse, I believe Tyson has the best interests of people who want to make a little money for retirement, their children's education, or some other modest goal, but aren't comfortable speculating. He encourages that healthy skepticism towards their ability to make a quick buck and instead teaches them to invest in a way they can have reasonable confidence -- instead of an irrational exuberance -- that they will get the expected return on their money.
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Bought this book as a gift for my son ---gives a good understanding to the novice investor on what mutual funds are and how they work. Very well written. I also highly recommend More Wealth without Risk and Financial Self Defense by Charles Givens. The chapters on Powerful Investing in MoreWealth without Risk in paticular offer more complex strategies than what Mr Tyson offers here. I highly recommend Mr Tyson's book toanyone interested in getting started in mutual fund investing...hen pick up Givens books for the real meat.
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How many people out there have no clue about mutual funds? I belonged to that mass until I read this book! My situation was what to do with the money slowing accumulating in my employee retirement fund; and if your employer is like mine, it's put by default in some lame savings account. This book explains in a clear simple manner what the big deal is about mutual funds. As such it's directed for beginning investors, probably in their 20's and 30's. It's a long book, but easily digested in just a few nights. This will help you put together a reasonable portfolio and make you the envy of your co-workers!
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