Investing for the First Time by Tracey Longo

By Tracey Longo

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Single-country funds: As their name implies, the managers of these funds look for the stock winners of one country. Unless you have close relatives running a country somewhere and have firsthand knowledge about that land’s economic prospects, you’re wise to steer clear of these funds. The reason is simple: They have unmitigated risk from concentration in one area. For example, when Japan’s economy declined in 1998, it sent mutual funds that invested exclusively in that country’s companies tumbling by more than 50%.

The numbers can give you a sense of whether earnings are in line with competing funds, out in front, or trailing. ■ Maximum initial sales charges, commissions, or loads: Unlike stocks and bonds, mutual funds have builtin operating and management expenses. These expenses are in addition to any commission you may pay to a broker or financial planner to buy a fund. A sales charge on a purchase, sometimes called a load, is a charge you pay when you buy shares. You can determine the sales charge (load) on purchases by looking at the fee and expense table in the prospectus.

The PEG ratio is a company’s P/E ratio divided by its expected earnings’ growth rate and is an indicator of well-priced stock. 5 suggests that a stock may be a good value. A PEG ratio above 2 can indicate that a stock may be overheated. ■ Look ahead. Projections of five-year annual growth rates and five-year P/E ratios can tell you whether analysts believe that the companies you’re evaluating can continue to grow at their current rate, can beat it, or will start to fall behind. Make a list of the stocks you are interested in and watch their performance over time.

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