For more than two decades, Darin Pastor has been working in the financial industry. Focusing much of his work on selling insurance and mutual funds, he has held such titles as financial advisor, vice president, and investment manager. Daring Pastor is the former senior vice president of JPMorgan Chase and current CEO and chairman of Capstone Financial Group, Inc.
Mutual funds are a popular investment option for investors who have limited time, money, or knowledge about investments. Following are just a few reasons why people often invest in mutual funds:
– Immediate diversification: Mutual funds combine one investor’s money with money from other investors. This means investors are buying a part of a pool of investments. Since these pools often cover a broad range of areas, mutual funds offer immediate diversification without the need for large amounts of money.
– Easy liquidity: Most investment firms, banks, credit unions, and financial planning firms offer mutual funds and this wide availability makes it much easier to buy and sell in short amounts of time. Further, sale prices are often similar to market value when a mutual fund is sold in a short amount of time, so there it is less likely investors will lose a lot of money.
– Professional management: Many mutual funds are managed by portfolio managers so that decisions about investments are easier. Instead of discussing buying and selling options with every investor in the pool, the manager simply makes the decisions for all of this. This can be extremely beneficial for investors who do not have much knowledge about investments.