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How a Closed-End Fund Works and Differs From an Open-End Fund
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Abnormal Return: Definition, Causes, Example
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Commingled Fund: Definition, Purpose, How They Work, and Example
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Class C Shares Definition and Pros & Cons of Investing in Them
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What Is an Open-Ended Investment Company (OEIC)? How They Work
Mutual Fund NAV: What It Is and the Formula to Calculate It
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The Basics of Determining Taxes on Mutual Funds
Closed-End vs. Open-End Investments: What's the Difference?
Are Mutual Fund Performance Numbers Reported Net of Fees?
Level Load
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Understanding Contingent Deferred Sales Charge (CDSC)
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Asset Management Company (AMC)
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What Are the Oldest Mutual Funds?
Do mutual funds pay dividends or interest?
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Capital Gains Distribution: What It Is, How It's Taxed
Trading Mutual Funds for Beginners
Ultra-Short Bond Fund
Russell 2000 Index Definition and Key Metrics
Undertakings Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS)
Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities
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Open-Ended Fund: Definition, Example, Pros and Cons
How Mutual Fund Income Distribution Can Benefit You
What is a long-short mutual fund?
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The ABCs of Mutual Fund Share Classes
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Business Development Company (BDC): Definition and How to Invest
Mutual Funds vs. Hedge Funds: What’s the Difference?
Bond Funds vs. Bond ETFs: What's the Difference?
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ETFs or Mutual Funds for Your IRA?
Tax Efficiency Differences: ETFs vs. Mutual Funds
ETFs vs. Mutual Funds: Which Is Better for Young Investors?
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8 Fund Types to Use in a Recession
VFIAX vs. SPY: A Mutual Fund vs. ETF Case Study
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Spiders (SPDR): How They Work, Origin and Examples
Why Are ETF Fees Lower Than Mutual Fund Fees?
5 Reasons to Choose Mutual Funds over ETFs
Unit Investment Trust (UIT): Definition and How to Invest
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What Are Franking Credits? Definition and Formula for Calculation
What Is a Floating Rate Fund? Definition, Example and Limitations
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How Mutual Funds Pay Dividends
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New Fund Offer (NFO): Definition, Types, Launches, and Benefits
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Can You Buy Vanguard Funds Through Another Brokerage?
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Who Was John Bogle? Vanguard Founder, Father of Indexing
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Life Income Fund (LIF): Definition and How Withdrawals Work
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How Vanguard Index Funds Work
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Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund vs. Vanguard 500 Index Fund: What’s the Difference?
5 Ways to Measure Mutual Fund Risk
How to Buy Mutual Funds Online
What Is the Minimum Amount For Investing in a Mutual Fund?
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What Is an Investment Fund? Types of Funds and History
What Is a Target-Date Fund? Risk Tolerance and Example
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Multi-Asset Class: Definition, Fund Types, Benefits
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What is the difference between a blend fund and a balanced fund?
Management Fee vs. Management Expense Ratio: What's the Difference?
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What Is a Turnover Ratio? Definition, Significance, and Analysis
When to Sell a Mutual Fund
Non-Registered Account: Definition, Examples, Advantages
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How Mutual Fund Companies Make Money

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