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Bonds, Second Edition by Stan Richelson, Hildy Richelson

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CHAPTER 18

Choosing a Bond Mutual Fund or ETF

The information resources on the Internet are a great boon to investors seeking to narrow down their fund choices. Before undertaking a search, however, it is important to determine what kind of investor you are or want to be. Do you want to engage in the thrills of trading, always hoping to be one profitable step ahead of the market, or do you want to simply buy and hold bond funds and get on with the rest of your life? We call the former an active investor and the latter a passive investor. An active investor seeks out actively managed total return funds or no-load funds. The pitfalls of this strategy are potential loss of capital as a result of bad timing, higher expenses, and short-term capital ...

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