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Fund Spy: Morningstar’s Inside Secrets to Selecting Mutual Funds that Outperform

 

Fund Spy: Morningstar's Inside Secrets to Selecting Mutual Funds that Outperform

Author Russel Kinnel walks readers through the handful of key factors they need to pick winning funds. Armed with the quantitative data and qualitative research, they will gain the confidence to pick great funds for the long-term. This book will be accompanied by a web-based tool created by Morningstar, which will enable readers to evaluate their own funds using Kinnel's criteria. Written in a fun and accessible manner, The Fund Spy offers Kinnel's unique insight as a 14-year Morningstar fund a

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  1. My Opinion "For What It's Worth" says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Worth Your Time To Read, May 9, 2011
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    This review is from: Fund Spy: Morningstar’s Inside Secrets to Selecting Mutual Funds that Outperform (Hardcover)
    I recently received this short read as a free promotional item offered with my subscription to Morningstar FundInvestor. I almost didn’t read it, because I thought it was going to be too basic for someone who has been investing in equity mutual funds for over thirty years.
    Well, I am glad I put aside that belief and spent a few hours of my time to read this well written book by Russel Kinnel. Sure it contains a lot of basics, but what is wrong with being reminded of basic fund investment advice. Every time I play golf I think of the basics of the swing. We all need to be reminded of basic investment advice.
    However, this small book contains much more than basic fund investing advice. Mr. Kinnel shares with the reader his many years of experience in researching and dealing with hundreds of funds and fund advisors. He recommends funds and fund advisors although he makes the point that funds can drift from their objectives and advisors come and go, so his recommendations may change since the book was published. Mr. Kinnel doesn’t pull any punches in his evaluation of funds. If the fund is a good one over the long term he says so. If the fund is a stinker, he says that as well in exactly that way. It’s a STINKER!
    I highly recommend this book to anyone investing in mutual funds. It contains many nuggets of wisdom and will bring your vision back to the basics of mutual fund investing.

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  2. W. Hancock says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Starting Point, June 27, 2011
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    W. Hancock (Charleston, WV) –
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    This review is from: Fund Spy: Morningstar’s Inside Secrets to Selecting Mutual Funds that Outperform (Hardcover)
    This book helps you narrow down your list of possible mutual funds to purchase using historical data for thousands of funds over the last several years along with the experience of Morningstar’s team of investors. One of the most helpful hints in the book is the free link at morningstar.com/goto/fundspy which can be used to screen potential mutual funds using the key factors described in the book. Some of these factors are subjective on the author’s part, so be aware that the FundSpy tool is not based on objective data only. Personally, I think using Morningstar’s Basic Fund Screener first to narrow down your list of funds to a select few followed by use of the FundSpy tool is a great way to get started, then you can dive down into the details before a final selection. Of course, this is only one person’s take on mutual fund investing, but for those of you (like me) who are pressed for time, it’s a helpful addition to the process of selecting funds.

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  3. Richard Vigilante says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Exceptionally useful, well evidenced, and highly readable, January 29, 2011
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    Richard Vigilante (Minneapolis) –
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    This review is from: Fund Spy: Morningstar’s Inside Secrets to Selecting Mutual Funds that Outperform (Hardcover)
    I am very surprised this has only 6 reviews. The book is full of useful information on how to evaluate funds, well organized, easy to read. I am taking notes from it at this moment for a report I am preparing for my own firm. I started with the kindle edition and ended up ordering the hard copy as well because I want the graphs.

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