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Welcome to “Ask Stacy,” a video feature where I answer a money question sent in by a reader or viewer. (Learn how to send in a question of your own below.)
Today’s question is about mutual funds: Are you better off “hiring” an active manager to pick the investments within a fund? Or should you invest in a fund that doesn’t need a manager because it’s designed to simply mirror the market?
While it may seem that having an expert in your corner would produce better results, expertise costs money. So which should you choose? Here’s what I think.
For more information on this topic, check out:
- “This Type of Mutual Fund Offers Way More Bang for Your Buck“
- “Why All Investors — Even the President — Should Consider Index Funds.”
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I founded Money Talks News in 1991. I’m a CPA, and have also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.
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