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Make More Money by Investing in Funds with Special Objectives

Updated on October 29, 2011

Funds with Special Objectives, What is Right for You?

There are many ways to invest your money, and funds with special objectives may be something you want to get more involved with. There are so many funds out there, but I wanted to write about a few here like Sector Funds, Precious Metal Funds, Unit Investment Trusts, Green Funds, Tax Free Funds and Index Funds.

Sector Funds

Sector Funds have their focus on certain industries like health care, energy and electronics. The funds buy stock in one field so the risk level is greater, but as you know the potential for gain is great as well.

Precious Metal Funds

Precious Metal funds will be seen trading mostly in mining stocks. You will also see some of their assets in gold bullion as well. Usually, they are bought as a hedge against turmoil in the financial markets.

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Unit Investment Trusts, or UIT

Unit Investment Trusts put money into corporate bonds with fixed yields (agency bonds like junk bonds, stocks and Ginnie Maes). You will find that the investments are constant for the life of the trust. That sounds great but you must realize that there is no guaranteed return. It is hard for people to asses how well (or not) that they do because their performance isn't tracked by any index.

Tax Free Funds

With Tax Free Funds, you will find they invest in municipal bonds with tax exempt interest. These pay less than agency and corporate bonds. These offer the tax savings to investors, and those that live in high tax states especially appreciate that as you can imagine.

Green Funds

You will see Green Funds also called conscience funds. Like the name suggests, Green Funds are attractive to investors with strong political and social commitments that want to invest in companies that are in line with policies they agree with. You may see a green fund avoiding certain companies while targeting others say with strong environmental records. Some examples of a company they may avoid are tobacco companies.

Index Funds

Index funds need a bit more management than some others. They buy stocks in the companies that are included in particular market averages, or index. Index funds tend to mirror the movements of the markets they track. The fees are low because it takes more management.

Is the idea of investing in funds with special objectives as described in this hub, attractive to you?

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Dallas, I really appreciate that.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great useful information. Flag up and useful!

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      David, Thank you for sharing this information. I think its wise advice to do lots of homework say with stocks, and when everyone else is running away. Thanks for sharing your experiences and for the comment.

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      Russell-D 7 years ago from Southern Ca.

      Mutual Funds was my buy for 30 years. I did well with a China Fund that tripled in value. Not so well, but good return with Financial, Tech and Communication Funds. I stopped being a fund person 3 years ago. 2 years ago, when the market hit its low, a window of opportunity opened. Recognizing it, all reserves bought selected dividend paying stocks. Amerigas bought at 13, today its over 50 and pays a 6% dividend. Stocks are bigger risk than funds, but at the right time - when everyone else is running away - and you do your homework, lots of it, you can do better than any fund David Russell