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You'll want to hold the best bond fund investment in 2014, 2015 and beyond, and there are three factors to consider in your search for a relatively safe bond fund investment. Be careful, because what might look like the best fund and a safe investment at a glance may be fraught with risk. Think INCOME FUND, because that's what they are commonly called and that's why investors invest money in these funds: to earn a higher interest income (in the form of dividends).
The ETF industry could grow to $15.5 trillion in assets within 10 years, topping the mutual-fund industry, according to one new forecast. Investing experts explain why regular investors should care, plus what not to do with exchange-traded funds.

An increasing percentage of middle-class Americans are worried that they'll have to work until their 80's or even longer, according to a new survey.
Finding good mutual funds starts with finding good mutual funds companies (families) and some families are friendlier to average investors than others. They offer good investments to folks who simply aren't sure where to invest money. People get confused by all the sales rhetoric, so here we simplify where to invest with the companies that are investor friendly.
With market volatility rising, make sure your investment portfolio is a simple, solid reflection of your strategy, writes John Prestbo, who offers some timely asset allocation tips.

Mutual funds are a collective investment plan that are managed professionally and acquire cash resources from varied investors in order to purchase securities. One of the most attractive facets of these funds is that they provide a greatly reduced risk for investors because the entire burden of the risk is not focused on just one investor. But the other side of this coin is that the returns on the funds are also divided among the investors. These funds usually invest in a variety of securities which range from equity within companies to government bonds.
Despite the much-vaunted advantages enjoyed by ETFs, advisers on average are producing greater real-world profits with their portfolios of open-end funds, writes Mark Hulbert.

While many Americans are falling short on savings, millennials are most at risk of being unable to afford essential retirement expenses -- such as food, shelter and medical care, according to a Fidelity Investments survey released Wednesday.
Putting your savings or capital in investments in stocks and shares is subjecting these to a certain amount of risk. Investments fall and rise and can go either way, so you may end up having less cash than your initial outlay. So is there any manner you can safeguard your investment or at best minimize the risk? In a few words yes, by spreading your investments over several different companies and marketplaces.