7 retirement investing mistakes
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No, we're not going to tell you about the next Google. We're going to tell you to do your homework. Here's what to look for when researching funds:
- Type of fund (large-cap growth, small-cap value, etc.).
- How long the manager has been there.
- How much the fund costs (expense ratio).
- Minimum investment required.
- Portfolio holdings (list of securities).
- Performance information -- remember, past performance does not guarantee future return.
Morningstar, an independent investment research and ranking site, offers a wealth of free information about mutual funds. Look beyond the star rating, though. Ask for the prospectus from the fund company or brokerage firm.
Get a copy of the most recent semiannual report (you'll likely find it online). These reports frequently feature a letter from the portfolio manager. His or her discussion of the past six months will give you an indication of how he or she runs the fund.