Rational selection of bond mutual funds and equity mutual funds -- overview

Given the extremely large variety and number of available fixed income and equity investment funds, investors need a rational basis to select among them.

Without scientific selection criteria and a good understanding of which factors are more or less likely to increase risk-adjusted returns, investors will make erroneous decisions based on false assumptions.

Most individual investors want to select bond and equity mutual funds and exchange-traded funds to hold for a long duration. Many would also like to invest additional amounts automatically into these funds over time. These investors are less concerned about short-term fluctuations than about their longer-term capital appreciation goals. In addition, they hope to choose equity mutual funds with exceptional performance and to avoid funds that consistently trail the pack.

Such investors want to use mutual screening or selection criteria to identify better funds and to minimize the need for frequent changes due to inferior performance. Individual investors are better served, if they understand what the scientific investment literature says about potential selection criteria. Therefore, a series of articles The Skilled Investor discusses certain fund selection indicators that have a firm basis in scientific investing.

These articles discuss valid fund screening / selection criteria:

Screening criteria also need to be available in fund screening applications that are supported by up-to-date data sets.

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