Mutual fund

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A mutual fund is a professionally managed investment fund that pools money from many investors to purchase securities. They are generally the most common investment vehicle for retirement plans, such as the 401(k) in the United States. Hedge funds are not mutual funds; they cannot be sold to the general public and are subject to different government regulations.

Mutual funds have both advantages and disadvantages compared to direct investing in individual securities. The main advantage of mutual funds is they provide stock diversification and professional investors managing the account. The main disadvantage is the fees/expenses charged.

There are three structures of mutual funds: open-end funds, unit investment trusts, and closed-end funds. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are open-end funds or unit investment trusts that trade on an exchange such as the New York Stock Exchange. Open-end funds that cannot be sold on an exchange can instead be sold back to the fund manager at the close of each business day.

Mutual funds are generally classified by their principal investment strategy: money market funds, bond or fixed income funds, stock or equity funds, and hybrid funds. Funds may also be categorized as index funds, which are passively managed funds that match the performance of an index or actively managed funds, that try to beat other indexes but charge higher fees.

Investors in a mutual fund must pay mutual fund fees and expenses, which reduce the fund's returns and performance and are usually expressed in the form of an expense ratio. Passively managed funds, such as index funds generally have a lower expense ratio than actively managed funds.

Mutual funds may invest in many kinds of securities. The types of securities that a particular fund may invest in are set forth in the fund's prospectus, a legal document which describes the fund's investment objective, investment approach and permitted investments. The investment objective describes the type of income that the fund seeks. For example, a capital appreciation fund generally looks to earn most of its returns from increases in the prices of the securities it holds, rather than from dividend or interest income. The investment approach describes the criteria that the fund manager uses to select investments for the fund.

A mutual fund's investment portfolio is continually monitored by the fund's portfolio manager or managers.


In the early modern period, the Dutch were pioneering financial innovators who developed many advanced techniques and helped lay the foundations of modern financial system.[1][2][3][4] The first modern investment funds (like mutual funds) were established in the Dutch Republic. Amsterdam-based businessman Abraham van Ketwich (a.k.a. Adriaan van Ketwich) is often credited as the originator of the world's first mutual fund. He formed a trust named "Eendragt Maakt Magt". The name of Ketwich's fund translates to "unity creates strength". In response to the financial crisis of 1772–1773, Ketwich's aim was to provide small investors an opportunity to diversify (Rouwenhorst & Goetzman, 2005). Mutual funds were introduced to the United States in the 1890s, and they became popular in the 1920s.[5]

Early U.S. funds were generally closed-end funds with a fixed number of shares that often traded at prices above the portfolio net asset value. The first open-end mutual fund with redeemable shares, called the Massachusetts Investors Trust (now managed by MFS Investment Management) was established on March 21, 1924. However, closed-end funds remained more popular than open-end funds throughout the 1920s. In 1929, open-end funds accounted for only 5% of the industry's $27 billion in total assets.[6]

After the Wall Street Crash of 1929, Congress passed a series of acts regulating the securities markets in general and mutual funds in particular. The Securities Act of 1933 requires that all investments sold to the public, including mutual funds, be registered with the SEC and that they provide prospective investors with a prospectus that discloses essential facts about the investment. The Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 requires that issuers of securities, including mutual funds, report regularly to their investors; this act also created the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is the principal regulator of mutual funds. The Revenue Act of 1936 established guidelines for the taxation of mutual funds, while the Investment Company Act of 1940 governs their structure.

When confidence in the stock market returned in the 1950s, the mutual fund industry began to grow again. By 1970, there were approximately 360 funds with $48 billion in assets.[7] The introduction of money market funds in the high interest rate environment of the late 1970s boosted industry growth dramatically. The first retail index fund, First Index Investment Trust, was formed in 1976 by The Vanguard Group, headed by John Bogle; it is now called the "Vanguard 500 Index Fund" and is one of the world's largest mutual funds.

Fund industry growth continued into the 1980s and 1990s. According to Pozen and Hamacher, growth was the result of three factors: a bull market for both stocks and bonds, new product introductions (including funds based on municipal bonds, various industry sectors, international funds, and target date funds) and wider distribution of fund shares.[8] Among the new distribution channels were retirement plans. Mutual funds are now the preferred investment option in certain types of fast-growing retirement plans, specifically in 401(k) and other defined contribution plans and in individual retirement accounts (IRAs), all of which surged in popularity in the 1980s. Total mutual fund assets fell in 2008 as a result of the financial crisis of 2007–2008.

In 2003, the mutual fund industry was involved in a scandal involving unequal treatment of fund shareholders. Some fund management companies allowed favored investors to engage in late trading, which is illegal, or market timing, which is a practice prohibited by fund policy. The scandal was initially discovered by former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and led to a significant increase in regulation.

Advantages and disadvantages to investors[edit]

Mutual funds have advantages and disadvantages over investing directly in individual securities as follows:[9]

Advantages of investing in mutual funds[edit]

  • Increased diversification: A fund normally holds many securities; diversification decreases risk.
  • Daily liquidity: Shareholders of open-end funds and unit investment trusts may sell their holdings back to the fund at the close of every trading day at a price equal to the closing net asset value of the fund's holdings.
  • Professional investment management: Open-and closed-end funds hire portfolio managers to supervise the fund's investments.
  • Ability to participate in investments that may be available only to larger investors. For example, individual investors often find it difficult to invest directly in foreign markets.
  • Service and convenience: Funds often provide services such as check writing.
  • Government oversight: Mutual funds are regulated by a governmental body
  • Ease of comparison: All mutual funds are required to report the same information to investors, which makes them easy to compare.

Disadvantages of investing in mutual funds[edit]

Classification of funds by fund structure[edit]

There are three structures of mutual funds: open-end funds, unit investment trusts, and closed-end funds. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are open-end funds or unit investment trusts that trade on an exchange such as the New York Stock Exchange. Open-end funds that cannot be sold on an exchange can instead be sold back to the fund manager at the close of each business day.

Open-end funds[edit]

Most mutual funds, and all mutual funds in 401(k) retirement accounts in the United States, are open-end funds. Open-end mutual funds must be willing to buy back their shares from their investors at the end of every business day at the net asset value (NAV) computed that day based upon the prices of the securities owned by the fund. Most open-end funds also sell shares to the public every business day; these shares are also priced at NAV. A professional investment manager oversees the portfolio, buying and selling securities as deemed appropriate. The total amount of assets in the fund will vary based on share purchases, share redemptions and fluctuation in market valuation. There is no legal limit on the number of shares that can be issued.[10]

Open-end funds in the United States[edit]

At the end of 2015, there were 8,116 open-end mutual funds in the United States with combined assets of $15.7 trillion.[11]

Closed-end funds[edit]

Closed-end funds generally issue shares to the public only once, when they are created through an initial public offering. Their shares are then listed for trading on a stock exchange. Investors who want to sell their shares must sell their shares to another investor in the market; they cannot sell their shares back to the fund and the price they receive may be significantly different from NAV. It may be at a "premium" to NAV (i.e., higher than NAV) or, more commonly, at a "discount" to NAV (i.e., lower than NAV). A professional investment manager oversees the portfolio, buying and selling securities as deemed appropriate.[12]

Unit investment trusts[edit]

Unit investment trusts (UITs) can only issue to the public once, when they are created. UITs generally have a limited life span, established at creation. Investors can redeem shares directly with the fund at any time (similar to an open-end fund) or wait to redeem them upon the trust's termination. Less commonly, they can sell their shares in the open market. Unit investment trusts do not have a professional investment manager; their portfolio of securities is established at the creation of the UIT and does not change.[13]

Exchange-traded funds[edit]

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are structured as open-end investment companies or UITs. ETFs combine characteristics of both closed-end funds and open-end funds. ETFs are traded throughout the day on a stock exchange. An arbitrage mechanism is used to keep the trading price close to net asset value of the ETF holdings.[14]

Exchange-traded funds in the United States[edit]

At the end of 2015, there were 1,594 ETFs in the United States with combined assets of $2.1 trillion.[11]

Classification of funds by types of underlying investments[edit]

Mutual funds are normally classified by their principal investments, as described in the prospectus and investment objective. The four main categories of funds are money market funds, bond or fixed income funds, stock or equity funds, and hybrid funds. Within these categories, funds may be subclassified by investment objective, investment approach or specific focus.

The SEC requires that mutual fund names be consistent with a fund's investments. For example, the "ABC New Jersey Tax-Exempt Bond Fund" would generally have to invest, under normal circumstances, at least 80% of its assets in bonds that are exempt from federal income tax, from the alternative minimum tax and from taxes in the state of New Jersey.[15]

Bond, stock, and hybrid funds may be classified as either index (passively managed) funds or actively managed funds.

Money market funds[edit]

Money market funds invest in money market instruments, which are fixed income securities with a very short time to maturity and high credit quality. Investors often use money market funds as a substitute for bank savings accounts, though money market funds are not insured by the government, unlike bank savings accounts.

Money market funds sold to retail investors strive to maintain a $1.00 per share net asset value, meaning that investors earn interest income from the fund but do not experience appreciation and capital gains or losses. If a fund fails to maintain that $1.00 per share because its securities have declined in value, it is said to "break the buck". In the United States, only two money market funds have ever broken the buck—Community Banker's U.S. Government Money Market Fund in 1994 and the Reserve Primary Fund in 2008, which owned securities backed by failed Lehman Brothers.

In the United States, funds that are sold to institutional investors are required to maintain a floating NAV and not maintain a fixed $1.00 per share price.[16]

Bond funds[edit]

Bond funds invest in fixed income or debt securities. Bond funds can be sub-classified according to the specific types of bonds owned (such as high-yield debt (junk bonds), investment-grade corporate bonds, government bonds or municipal bonds) and by the maturity of the bonds held (short-, intermediate- or long-term). Bond funds are classified based on the type of bond issuer of the bonds in which it invests, i.e. the country, credit level, or tax treatment of the interest.

Stock funds[edit]

Stock, or equity, funds invest in common stocks. Many stock funds focus on a particular area of the stock market, such as stocks from only a certain country or industry. Stock funds sometimes also specialize in a type of company such as a growth stock, a stock that the managers deem to be a good value, or stocks that pay high dividends and provide income. Funds may also focus on companies of a certain market capitalization, or total equity value, an indicator of the size of the company.

The market capitalization of a company is calculated as the number of shares outstanding times the market price of the stock. They are typically divided into the following categories:[17]

  • Mega cap - companies worth $200 billion or more
  • Big/large cap - companies worth between $10 billion and $200 billion
  • Mid cap - companies worth between $2 billion and $10 billion
  • Small cap - companies worth between $300 million and $2 billion
  • Micro cap - companies worth between $50 million and $300 million
  • Nano cap - companies worth less than $50 million

Hybrid funds[edit]

Hybrid funds invest in both bonds and stocks or in convertible securities. Balanced funds, asset allocation funds, target date or target risk funds and lifecycle or lifestyle funds are all types of hybrid funds.

Hybrid funds may be structured as funds of funds, meaning that they invest by buying shares in other mutual funds that invest in securities. Many funds of funds invest in affiliated funds (meaning mutual funds managed by the same fund sponsor), although some invest in unaffiliated funds (i.e., managed by other fund sponsors) or some combination of the two.

Hybrid funds in the United States[edit]

At the end of 2015, hybrid funds accounted for 9% of the assets in all U.S. mutual funds.[11]


Investors in a mutual fund pay the fund's expenses. These expenses fall into five categories: distribution and service charges (sales loads and distribution and services fees - sometimes referred to as 12b-1 fees in the United States), the management fee, securities transaction fees, shareholder transaction fees, and fund services charges. Some of these expenses reduce the value of an investor's account; others are paid by the fund and reduce net asset value.

Recurring fees and expenses—specifically the distribution and services fee, the management fee and other fund expenses—are included in a fund's total expense ratio (TER), often referred to as simply the "expense ratio". Because all funds must compute an expense ratio using the same method, investors can easily compare costs across funds.

Management fee[edit]

The management fee is paid by the fund to the management company or sponsor that organizes the fund, provides the portfolio management or investment advisory services and normally lends its brand to the fund. The fund manager may also provide other administrative services. The management fee often has breakpoints, which means that it declines as assets (in either the specific fund or in the fund family as a whole) increase. The fund's board reviews the management fee annually. Fund shareholders must vote on any proposed increase, but the fund manager or sponsor can agree to waive some or all of the management fee in order to lower the fund's expense ratio.

Distribution charges[edit]

Distribution charges pay for marketing, distribution of the fund's shares as well as services to investors. There are three types of distribution charges. A no-load fund does not charge a front-end load or back-end load under any circumstances and does not charge a distribution and services fee greater than 0.25% of fund assets

  • Front-end load or sales charge. A front-end load or sales charge is a commission paid to a broker by a mutual fund when shares are purchased. It is expressed as a percentage of the total amount invested or the "public offering price", which equals the net asset value plus the front-end load per share. The front-end load often declines as the amount invested increases, through breakpoints. The front-end load is paid by the investor; it is deducted from the amount invested.
  • Back-end load. Some funds have a back-end load, which is paid by the investor when shares are redeemed. If the back-end load declines the longer the investor holds shares, it is called a contingent deferred sales charges (CDSC). Like the front-end load, the back-end load is paid by the investor; it is deducted from the redemption proceeds.
  • Distribution and services fee. Some funds charge an annual fee to compensate the distributor of fund shares for providing ongoing services to fund shareholders. In the United States, this fee is sometimes called a 12b-1 fee, after the SEC rule authorizing it. The distribution and services fee is paid by the fund and reduces net asset value.

Securities transaction fees incurred by the fund[edit]

A mutual fund pays expenses related to buying or selling the securities in its portfolio. These expenses may include brokerage commissions. Securities transaction fees increase the cost basis of investments purchased and reduce the proceeds from their sale. They do not flow through a fund's income statement and are not included in its expense ratio. Instead, purchases and sales of assets are recorded net of the transaction costs. There is no easy way to identify a fund's total transaction costs from publicly available data.

That said, an investor can get some idea of the size of these fees in a fund in two ways. First, the amount of securities transaction fees paid by a fund is normally positively correlated with its trading volume or "turnover", which is required to be reported by the SEC. The second way is to examine the size of the brokerage fees paid by the fund sponsor by looking at SEC Form N-SAR.

Shareholder transaction fees[edit]

Shareholders may be required to pay fees for certain transactions, such as buying or selling shares of the fund. For example, a fund may charge a flat fee for maintaining an individual retirement account for an investor. Some funds charge redemption fees when an investor sells fund shares shortly after buying them (usually defined as within 30, 60 or 90 days of purchase); redemption fees are computed as a percentage of the sale amount. Shareholder transaction fees are not part of the expense ratio.

Fund services charges[edit]

A mutual fund may pay for other services including:

  • Board of directors or trustees fees and expenses
  • Custody fee: paid to a custodian bank for holding the fund's portfolio in safekeeping and collecting income owed on the securities
  • Fund administration fee: for overseeing all administrative affairs such as preparing financial statements and shareholder reports, SEC filings, monitoring compliance, computing total returns and other performance information, preparing/filing tax returns and all expenses of maintaining compliance with state blue sky laws
  • Fund accounting fee: for performing investment or securities accounting services and computing the net asset value (usually every day the New York Stock Exchange is open)
  • Professional services fees: legal and auditing fees
  • Registration fees: paid to the SEC and state securities regulators
  • Shareholder communications expenses: printing and mailing required documents to shareholders such as shareholder reports and prospectuses
  • Transfer agent service fees and expenses: for keeping shareholder records, providing statements and tax forms to investors and providing telephone, internet and or other investor support and servicing
  • Other/miscellaneous fees

The fund manager or sponsor may agree to subsidize some of these other expenses in order to lower the fund's expense ratio (called a fee waiver).


Critics of the fund industry argue that fund expenses are too high. They believe that the market for mutual funds is not competitive and that there are many hidden fees, so that it is difficult for investors to reduce the fees that they pay. They argue that the most effective way for investors to raise the returns they earn from mutual funds is to invest in funds with low expense ratios.

Fund managers counter that fees are determined by a highly competitive market and, therefore, reflect the value that investors attribute to the service provided. They also note that fees are clearly disclosed.

An additional critique of mutual funds is their potential role in herd behavior during asset bubbles. Australian researchers Preston Teeter and Jorgen Sandberg argue that the explosive growth of mutual funds during the 1990s resulted in a large number of rookie mutual fund managers, many of whom were quick to follow industry trends as opposed to carving out their own unique investment strategies.[18] As a result, funds started to closely mimic one another, and stock prices, particularly of internet companies, quickly surpassed fundamental valuations.

Definitions of key terms[edit]

Net asset value[edit]

A fund's net asset value (NAV) equals the current market value of a fund's holdings minus the fund's liabilities (sometimes referred to as "net assets"). It is usually expressed as a per-share amount, computed by dividing net assets by the number of fund shares outstanding. Funds must compute their net asset value according to the rules set forth in their prospectuses. Funds compute their NAV at the end of each day that the New York Stock Exchange is open, though some funds compute NAVs more than once daily.[19]

Valuing the securities held in a fund's portfolio is often the most difficult part of calculating net asset value. The fund's board typically oversees security valuation.

Expense ratio[edit]

The expense ratio allows investors to compare expenses across funds. The expense ratio equals the distribution and services fee plus the management fee plus the other mutual fund fees and expenses divided by average daily net assets. The expense ratio is sometimes referred to as the total expense ratio (TER).

Average annual total return[edit]

Mutual funds in the United States are required to report the average annual compounded rates of return for one-, five-and ten year-periods using the following formula:[20]

P(1+T)n = ERV


P = a hypothetical initial payment of $1,000
T = average annual total return
n = number of years
ERV = ending redeemable value of a hypothetical $1,000 payment made at the beginning of the one-, five-, or ten-year periods at the end of the one-, five-, or ten-year periods (or fractional portion)


Turnover is a measure of the volume of a fund's securities trading. It is expressed as a percentage of average market value of the portfolio's long-term securities. Turnover is the lesser of a fund's purchases or sales during a given year divided by average long-term securities market value for the same period. If the period is less than a year, turnover is generally annualized.


United States[edit]

U.S. investors can only buy U.S. mutual funds.[21]

In the United States, a mutual fund must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Open-end and closed-end funds are overseen by a board of directors, if organized as a corporation, or by a board of trustees, if organized as a trust. The Board must ensure that the fund is managed in the best interests of the fund's investors and the board hires the fund manager and other service providers to the fund. Mutual funds are subject to an extensive and detailed regulatory regime set forth in the Investment Company Act of 1940. Mutual funds are not taxed on their income and profits if they comply with certain requirements under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code; instead, the taxable income is passed through to the investors in the fund.

The sponsor or fund management company, often referred to as the fund manager, trades (buys and sells) the fund's investments in accordance with the fund's investment objective. A fund manager must be a registered investment adviser. Funds that are managed by the same company under the same brand are known as a fund family or fund complex.

Mutual funds are not taxed on their income and profits if they comply with certain requirements under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code; instead, the taxable income is passed through to the investors in the fund. Funds are required by the IRS to diversify their investments, limit ownership of voting securities, distribute most of their income (dividends, interest, and capital gains net of losses) to their investors annually, and earn most of the income by investing in securities and currencies.[22] However, net losses incurred by a mutual fund are not distributed or passed through to fund investors but are retained by the fund to be able to offset future gains.

The characterization of a fund's income is unchanged when it is paid to shareholders. For example, when a mutual fund distributes dividend income to its shareholders, fund investors will report the distribution as dividend income on their tax return. As a result, mutual funds are often called "pass-through" vehicles, because they simply pass on income and related tax liabilities to their investors.

Funds must be named according to their investment strategy.[21]


In Canada, mutual funds are subject to laws known as "NI 81-102".[21]

European Union[edit]

In the European Union, funds are governed by regulations in the Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities Directive 2009 (UCITS).[21] Funds are regulated by both the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the Mandatory Provident Funds Authority (MPFA).

Hong Kong[edit]

Hong Kong has the most restrictive regulations.[21] Regulations include restrictions on a fund's investment in unrated, or below-investment grade, securities and unlisted securities. Bond mutual funds are require to sell any bond that is downgraded below investment grade, even if it was investment grade at the time of purchase.


In Taiwan, mutual funds are regulated by the Financial Supervisory Committee (FSC).

Funds in the United States[edit]

Mutual funds play an important role in U.S. household finances; in 2016, 44% of U.S. households held mutual funds.[23] Their role in retirement planning is particularly significant. Roughly half of the assets in individual retirement accounts and in 401(k) and other similar retirement plans were invested in mutual funds.[11] Mutual funds now play a large and decisive role in the valuation of liquid assets such as stocks and bonds.[18]

Share classes[edit]

A single mutual fund may give investors a choice of different combinations of front-end loads, back-end loads and distribution and services fee, by offering several different types of shares, known as share classes. All of them invest in the same portfolio of securities, but each has different expenses and, therefore, a different net asset value and different performance results. Some of these share classes may be available only to certain types of investors.[24]

Funds offering multiple classes often identify them with letters, though they may also use names such as "Investor Class", "Service Class", "Institutional Class", etc., to identify the type of investor for which the class is intended. The SEC does not regulate the names of share classes, so that specifics of a share class with the same name may vary from fund family to fund family.

Typical share classes for funds sold through brokers or other intermediaries are as follows:

  • Class A shares usually charge a front-end sales load together with a small distribution and services fee.
  • Class B shares usually do not have a front-end sales load; rather, they have a high contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC) that gradually declines over several years, combined with a high 12b-1 fee. Class B shares usually convert automatically to Class A shares after they have been held for a certain period.
  • Class C shares usually have a high distribution and services fee and a modest contingent deferred sales charge that is discontinued after one or two years. Class C shares usually do not convert to another class. They are often called "level load" shares.
  • Class I are usually subject to very high minimum investment requirements and are, therefore, known as "institutional" shares. They are no-load shares.
  • Class R are usually for use in retirement plans such as 401(k) plans. They typically do not charge loads, but do charge a small distribution and services fee.

No-load funds often have two classes of shares:

  • Class I shares do not charge a distribution and services fee
  • Class N shares charge a distribution and services fee of no more than 0.25% of fund assets

Neither class of shares typically charges a front-end or back-end load

Mutual fund companies[edit]

The largest open-end fund managers in North America are:

  1. The Vanguard Group
  2. Fidelity Investments
  3. American Funds (Capital Group)
  4. JPMorgan Chase
  5. T. Rowe Price
  6. BlackRock
  7. Franklin Templeton Investments
  8. PIMCO
  9. Dimensional Fund Advisors

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tracy, James D. (1985). A Financial Revolution in the Habsburg Netherlands: Renten and Renteniers in the County of Holland, 1515–1565. (University of California Press, 300 pp)
  2. ^ Goetzmann, William N.; Rouwenhorst, K. Geert (2005). The Origins of Value: The Financial Innovations that Created Modern Capital Markets. (Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0195175714))
  3. ^ Goetzmann, William N.; Rouwenhorst, K. Geert (2008). The History of Financial Innovation, in Carbon Finance, Environmental Market Solutions to Climate Change. (Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, chapter 1, pp. 18–43). As Goetzmann & Rouwenhorst (2008) noted, "The 17th and 18th centuries in the Netherlands were a remarkable time for finance. Many of the financial products or instruments that we see today emerged during a relatively short period. In particular, merchants and bankers developed what we would today call securitization. Mutual funds and various other forms of structured finance that still exist today emerged in the 17th and 18th centuries in Holland."
  4. ^ Sylla, Richard (2015). "Financial Development, Corporations, and Inequality". (BHC-EBHA Meeting). As Richard Sylla (2015) notes, "In modern history, several nations had what some of us call financial revolutions. These can be thought of as creating in a short period of time all the key components of a modern financial system. The first was the Dutch Republic four centuries ago."
  5. ^ K. Geert Rouwenhorst (December 12, 2004), "The Origins of Mutual Funds", Yale ICF Working Paper No. 04-48.
  6. ^ Fink, Matthew P. (2008). The Rise of Mutual Funds. Oxford University Press. 
  7. ^ Fink (2008), p. 63.
  8. ^ Pozen and Hamacher (2014), pp. 10–14.
  9. ^ Pozen, Robert; Hamacher, Theresa (2014). The Fund Industry: How Your Money is Managed (Second Edition). John Wiley & Sons. pp. 4–5. 
  10. ^ "Open-End Fund". Investopedia. 
  11. ^ a b c d 2016 Investment Company Fact Book. Investment Company Institute. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Closed-End Fund". Investopedia. 
  13. ^ "Unit Investment Trust". Investopedia. 
  14. ^ "Exchange Traded Fund". Investopedia. 
  15. ^ 17 CFR 270.35d-1
  16. ^ "SEC Adopts Money Market Fund Reform Rules" (Press release). U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. July 23, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Market Capitalization Defined". Investopedia. 
  18. ^ a b Teeter, Preston; Sandberg, Jorgen (2017). "Cracking the enigma of asset bubbles with narratives". Strategic Organization. 15 (1): 91–99. doi:10.1177/1476127016629880. 
  19. ^ Allaria, Joe. "What is a mutual fund's NAV?". Investopedia. 
  20. ^ "Final Rule: Registration Form Used by Open-End Management Investment Companies: Sample Form and instructions". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). March 23, 1998. 
  21. ^ a b c d e Brown, Mary. "How Mutual Funds Differ Around The World". Investopedia. 
  22. ^ "26 U.S. Code §& 851 – Definition of regulated investment company". Legal Information Institute. Cornell Law School. 
  23. ^ Ownership of Mutual Funds, Shareholder Sentiment, and Use of the Internet, 2016
  24. ^ Understanding Mutual Fund Classes

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