A mutual fund is exactly what it says it is. It is a fund that is actually a company whose service is to provide pooled investment accounts to their customers. Instead of building something or offering insurance, the fund is meant to invest the money in a certain way. You are buying a share of the mutual fund itself, not the investment that the particular fund owns. You investment will be a mirror image of the account, minus all the overhead fees associated with the account.
This leads you to understanding Net asset value of your account. If you are going to sell your mutual fund shares, you will receive the value of each share based on its current value. You can also choose to buy more and you can usually do so on a daily basis, but you will have to check with the mutual fund manager. These shares are not traded like stocks are traded. At the end of the trading day, the value of the funds in the account are tabulated. This leads to the account being revamped each day.
Funds are very common in today’s world. Many of the money managers put a lot of money in mutual funds. Most of the people who are investing that hand their money over to someone will put all of their money into these funds. This can be a good strategy, but there are many other alternatives to investing besides this one. You will need to watch out for fees associated with mutual funds.
Since you wont be watching these on a daily or weekly basis most likely, make sure you sit down and understand what fees you are subject to. You don’t want to pay someone else to manage money for you that is not making good money in return.