Many stock investors favor the big-name technology, telecommunication, and services stocks--such as Microsoft (MSFT) and Wal-Mart (WMT)--that keep our economy humming.
But what about micro-caps such as Measurement Specialties (MEAS) or foreign companies such as Japan's Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT)? Such off-the-beaten-path securities aren't within most stock investors' purviews. Nor are such stocks easy to analyze, buy, or sell.
That's where a mutual fund can help. Some funds invest in micro-caps, others invest around the globe, still others focus on markets, such as real estate, that have their own quirks. Stock investors who turn over some of their dollars to an expert in these areas gain exposure to new opportunities without having to learn a whole new set of analytical skills.
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