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Mutual Funds (US) – Investing

With almost one-half of all households in the US owning mutual funds, to many Americans ‘investing’ simply means buying mutual funds. These investors buy and sell mutual fund shares through a variety of sources and for a number of different objectives – be it retirement planning, reducing taxable income, or saving for emergencies.

 

There are many factors influencing an investor’s choice of mutual fund. This course examines the steps investors must take in planning a mutual fund investment: identification of investment criteria, collecting information, assessment of risk, and purchasing shares. It also details the various fees and expenses associated with mutual funds and examines the tax implications of a mutual fund investment.

  • OBJECTIVES

    On completion of this course, you will be able to:

    Outline the process for investing in mutual fund shares and the documentation available to investors

    Describe the various fees and expenses that are levied on mutual fund investors

    Explain the tax consequences of a mutual fund investment

  • COURSE OUTLINE

    Topic 1: Overview of Investing

    Investment Considerations

    Investment Risk

    Investment Risk – Key Considerations

    Purchasing Shares

    Selling & Exchanging Shares

    Prospectuses

    Other Documentation

    Topic 2: Fees & Expenses

    Overview

    Shareholder Fees

    o Sales Charges

    o Redemption Fees

    o Exchange Fees

    o Account Fees

    o Purchase Fees

    Annual Operating Expenses

    o Management Fees

    o Distribution (and/or Service) 12b-1 Fees

    o Other Expenses

    Total Fund Operating Expenses

    Share Classes & fees

    Fees and Expenses in Practice

    Topic 3: Taxation

    Overview

    Mutual Fund Shareholder Taxes

    o Taxable Distributions

    o Taxable Shareholder Transactions

    Cost Basis

    o Specific Share Identification

    o First-in, First-out (FIFO)

    o Average Basis: Single-Category

    o Average Basis: Double-Category

  • PREREQUISITE KNOWLEDGE

  • ESTIMATED COMPLETED TIME

    75 Minutes

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