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Mutual Fund Basics

A mutual fund pools the money of investors who have similar investment objectives.
Different Types of Mutual Fund Asset Classes

Determine what types of funds can help you meet your investment objectives.

Automatic Investment Plans: A Systematic, All-Weather Strategy

Learn how a program of regular investing can help you weather market declines.

What Is the Difference Between Load and No-Load Mutual Funds?

Sales charges are just one part of the overall picture.


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Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value.

Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the fund prospectuses and summary prospectuses, which can be obtained from a financial professional and should be read carefully before investing.