Fund saving investment is overtime to pay off. Therefore, the question should not be whether you should save in funds, but when you should start getting fund savings.
The stock market in minutes teaches you more about saving in funds like the video above. Fund savings are also a great way to get started on stock savings without knowing each stock, but leave this job to a manager who follows the market closely. Also, use fund savings at the bottom of your savings in single stocks, or in addition.
When considering which funds you want to save in, you should think about where you want to invest (according to geography or industry), which managers you want to use (active or passive) and not least how you want to save (monthly or all in one time). Here are several helpful tips.
What is a Fund?
A mutual fund can, in short, be described as a collective investment, where many savers have come together to invest their funds in the securities market jointly.
The mutual fund, which is a separate legal entity, is owned by the unit holders, and the funds in the fund are managed by a management company. There is no limit to the number of unit holders in a mutual fund, and each unit holder is allocated new shares in the fund corresponding to the portion that new funds comprise of the fund’s total value at the time of subscription.
The unitholders have no financial obligations to the mutual fund other than their own investment.
Why invest in mutual funds?
Savings in mutual funds are a well-organized form of investment that is subject to strict regulatory regulation and public supervision. The Securities Fund Act regulates the organization and freedom of action of the funds and the management companies.
Investing in a mutual fund is thus a good alternative to establishing your own securities portfolio, which you must follow up on a daily basis. By investing funds in a mutual fund, you leave to the management company’s analysts and managers to pick out the investments that they believe are most favorable within the fund’s investment profile at all times. You can choose between funds with many different profiles related to, for example, risk, industry, geography, etc.
There are a number of different types of mutual funds to choose from, and most will be able to find one that fits their preferences and risk profile. Mutual funds that are classified based on the types of securities they invest in, what kind of companies they concentrate on, and what kind of profile they offer their unitholders. Different laws and regulations are linked to different types.
How to trade funds?
It is easy to buy and sell funds. You can either do this through your bank and/or broker relationship, or directly with a manager. You will get a simple guide through their website on how to proceed. Alternatively, you can fill in a drawing form by hand and send it to the relevant recipient by mail.
Most funds are linked to a VPS account. This is opened on your behalf by the person you are buying the fund from.
Where can I find fund information?
Even if you leave the job of following the market closely to a fund manager when investing in funds, it is wise to keep up to date on the fund and market conditions on a regular basis. Here you will find good sources of information.
- Monthly savings in funds can be made as easy as monthly savings to your bank savings account. The benefits of saving in funds instead of the bank are that you can achieve a better return over time on your savings.
- You do not need to invest every month either, but it is recommended to invest regularly versus deposit all your money right away. This will help to further reduce the risk of savings in equities and funds by entering the market at various market levels.
- The interest rate effect causes even small amounts to grow large over time. For example, if you start your retirement savings early, you will be able to save smaller amounts each month to achieve the same amount as if you start saving much later.
There are a number of different mutual funds, and how the value development of your fund will go depends on a number of different variables.
Even if you put away the main responsibility for managing the money, it is important to keep up to date. It may, therefore, be wise to have some insight into what affects stock prices and thus the value development of your fund. Read more about what affects stock prices here.
When investing their money in a fund rather than individual stocks, you will not be as vulnerable to fluctuations in each company, but it will be more important to keep track of how the fund’s investment area is developing.
Often the individual funds deal with an industry or a geographical area. It removes some of the risks that come from a company doing poorly, as there are a number of rules as to why large shares can be held in individual companies. Some examples of funds may include: “Companies on the Oslo Stock Exchange”, “the Oil Sector” or “Large companies in Europe”.
Equity funds can roughly be divided into two main categories according to the management style used. We have actively managed funds and index funds also called passively managed funds.