Morningstar Complete Investor

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Barnes & Noble, Incorporated, 2005 - Investments - 495 pages
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Today's investment environment is filled with more choices than ever before. But with so many choices and so much information available for each one, investors face an uphill battle when attempting to make important investment decisions. Now, in a single volume for the first time, Morningstar, Inc. looks to improve this situation with Morningstar Complete Investor.Divided into two comprehensive parts, Morningstar Complete Investor focuses on two of the most important investment vehicles currently available-mutual funds and stocks. It offers straightforward and accessible advice on understanding the essential features of these investments and illustrates how to integrate them into your own personal portfolio.In the first part of the book, Morningstar mutual fund expert Christine Benz will put you on the right path to building a sound, satisfying, and profitable mutual fund portfolio. She walks you through the often-intimidating mutual fund selection process, helps you choose the right funds to meet your goals, and shows you how to protect your assets in any market environment. Benz also discusses how to:* Minimize mutual fund costs by understanding expense ratios, loads, and other fund charges* Keep your portfolio on the right track with quarterly and annual reviews* Assess the quality of a fund's manager, and next steps should a fund manager leaveIn the second part of the book, Pat Dorsey, the Director of Stock Analysis for Morningstar, Inc., will help you understand how stocks operate, how to avoid the common pitfalls of stock investing, and how to build a strong portfolio of stocks. Filled with unparalleled stock research and investment strategies, this section covers a wide range of stock-related topics, including:* How to find great companies that will create shareholder wealth* How to dig into a financial statement and find hidden gold . . . and deception* How to recognize red flags that can cause blowups in a portfolioYou don't need an MBA to be a successful investor. What you do need is accurate information and the knowledge and self-confidence to act on that information. Brought to you by Morningstar, Inc., Morningstar Complete Investor will give you the information you need to succeed and help you build and maintain a profitable portfolio today, and for years to come.

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Know What Your Fund Owns
Put Performance in Perspective

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