The Fund Investor's Schoolhouse

Elizabeth Bryan

Richard Loth is founder of The Fund Investor's Schoolhouse, a learning center for mutual fund investing know-how.

Mr. Loth has more than three decades of experience in international banking, corporate finance, and non-profit foreign development assistance programs in Latin America, Africa, and the Far East. He has lived in and traveled extensively to numerous countries in the aforementioned regions. His skills and experience as a risk analyst/lending officer with Citibank, Fleet National Bank, and the Bank of Montreal and as an independent financial consultant are broad ranged.

The lessons learned from his personal and professional investing activities, which date back to 1965, prompted Mr. Loth’s concern for the need for investment literacy on the part of the investing public. Since the late 1980s, he has dedicated a considerable amount of time to the educational needs of the individual investor.

Some Factual Perspective for Bond Fund Investors

Bonds

Tim Buckley succeeded Gus Sauter as Vanguard’s chief investment officer over a year ago. Among various topics touched on during an introductory interview, the comments of Mr. Buckley on the challenges facing bond investors back then are worth repeating now: “Bonds … are an area of concern for us [Vanguard]. … At the same time, […]

Net Asset Value & Total Return – Clarifying Two Key Mutual Fund Data Points

Money Ideas

It has been my experience with many attendees at my investment education lectures that they do not have a clear understanding of two basic mutual fund concepts – net asset value (NAV) and total return (TR). While related, these two features of fund investing have two distinct functions – the former relates to the pricing […]

Morningstar’s Stars – Perry Como Got It Right

Starry Eyed

Readers in the so-called “senior” category will remember Perry Como as one of America’s favorite pop vocalists and television performers, with a career that stretched from the 1940s to the late 1980s. If you’re a youngster, ask your parents and they’ll confirm my story. In 1952, Como’s song “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your […]

What Should Fund Investors Do With Style Boxes? Use Them!

Get Square

Background Several years ago, Morningstar’s Don Phillips invented what is called a style box, now widely used by the investment community to categorize mutual funds according to investment characteristics of their portfolios. Fund categorization allows investors to diversify the asset-allocation of their portfolios by choosing a selection of funds according to varying degrees of risk […]

Sizing Up Your Investment Risk

Business woman on top of the world

Albert Einstein – “Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted” If you have money in, or are just thinking about, emerging market mutual funds, I would strongly suggest that you incorporate the message found in the Einstein quote in your thought process. The investment community’s assessment of emerging markets seems to focus its evaluations on […]

Common Sense: You Can’t See It or Touch It, But It’s a Great Investing Tool

Common Sense

Fund investors have dozens of tools to choose from to help them make smart mutual fund investment choices. Fund databases, websites, calculators, screening software, newsletters, videos, publications, message boards, and financial media are readily available. For many individuals, the investing process is a bit of a mystery, and they are intimidated by a perceived information-overload. […]

Should Kiplinger’s “Favorite Funds” Be Your Choices?

Kiplinger's 25

For several years now, the Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine has put together a selection of mutual fund recommendations it calls the “Kiplinger 25.” This is a portfolio of 25 no-load funds, in five different categories, that it considers to be of top quality. This portfolio, which also appears on the Kiplinger.com website, is fairly static, […]

BlackRock’s Misguided Guidance – The Devil Is in the Details

BlackRock

New York-based investment manager, BlackRock Investments, LLC, started running a full- and half-page color ads in the Wall Street Journal. The attention-grabbing ad headline, in large bold letters, that “Traditional Bond Funds You Once Considered Safe Investments May Not Be So Safe Anymore” must have been a bit unnerving to some bond investors. The advertisements’ […]