Reasons for investing in a Mutual Fund


1. Assume you are an investment advisor. Your client is unsure what are the main benefits and reasons for investing in a Mutual Fund or in an index fund with an ETFs.
a. Explain the main differences and similarities between each other
b. Explain what are the main advantage and disadvantage of investing in mutual funds or ETFs versus investing in Equity Stocks.
c. Explain the difference between investing in fixed income and an ETF that follows the S&P 500.
d. Explain the main difference between active and passive management
e. Explain what is the difference between investing in value companies or in growth companies.

2. Go to

a. What information does provide the Morningstar Style Box®?
b. Morningstar assigns a Rating to each Mutual Fund. What are the criteria they use

to assign this rating?
c. Use the information provided above (style box and ratings) to choose 3 different funds (10 different assets per fund) to prepare 3 portfolios for 3 different types of investors:
i. Aggressive
ii. Moderate
iii. Conservative
d. In half a page for each portfolio, explain:
i. The rationale behind choosing the given funds per each portfolio
ii. The criteria chosen to build each portfolio
iii. The total amount to invest in each portfolio is 1.000.000€.
e. Follow up the prices for all 3 portfolios for a week. Calculate the return for each portfolio at the end of the week. Explain your results and show them graphically. Compare in the same graph the development of the three portfolios you have chosen and the development in the same period of the S&P500 index. Explain your conclusions.
f. Explain how much is your return in this period, and compare it to an investment in the S&P 500 index.


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