Course 411:
Buying Rookie Funds
In this course
1 Introduction
2 Has the Manager Run a Mutual Fund Before?
3 What Is the Manager's Strategy?
4 How Much Will It Cost?
5 Will This Fund Offer Any Extras?

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Every mutual fund investor hopes to spot up-and-coming mutual funds and get in on the ground floor of a great new investment. Granted, investing in a new fund is a gamble. Without Morningstar ratings and a few years of return and risk information as guides, how can you be sure you are getting the Next Big Thing? Nothing's certain, of course, so we suggest you ask the following questions before buying a new fund.

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