Why You Should Invest In Mutual Funds Than in Stocks ?

By: Amit Kheterpal

Start investing by putting the money away into some avenue where you can actually get some returns out of this money. Look around and there are a couple of options that will do this for you. There is the stock market which is known as the biggest wealth generator of all. Next come the mutual funds which can give you good returns which may be close to what stock markets can give over a period of time.

Mutual funds cannot beat the stock market in returns for sure but they have several advantages over the stock markets especially for average investors like you an me.

The first and foremost advantage that they provide is diversification. This diversification is diversification of risk by all means. Were you to invest in stock markets you will always invest in two or three stocks at the most where as a mutual fund manager will invest in a large number of stocks. Simply said it is really another name for the famous saying that do not put all your eggs in one basket. The diversification that a mutual fund achieves is without sacrificing the returns.

The benefit of a mutual fund is that they have professional people managing the portfolio. You as a single person can not devote that much time and energy into researching stocks and pouring over a company financials. That is what these professional people are paid to do. So in all actuality you are getting a professional manager at the helm of affair for a very low price. If you are thinking that you will do a better job at picking the stocks then it would be absolutely foolish. These people have tons of experience with them and they are so tuned to the market that you will be never ever able to match them.

Liquidity is another factor because should you need your money in a crunch situation you can just sell back the units to the mutual fund company where as in stocks you will have to wait for the four days and also depending on type of stocks you may need to wait longer. Mutual funds also have a check writing facility which means that you can write checks as if you writing a check for the bank account.

Based on the above factors you should inarguably go for mutual funds as you choice of investment vehicles. This is no means that you cannot invest in stock markets yourself. If you have time and patience to do that then go ahead and invest wisely in stocks.

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