How to buy and sell mutual funds

This post is designed to provide the reader with information relative to the methods that an investor might pick to buy and sell mutual fund shares.  This information is being provided for educational purposes only.  It is not designed to be complete in all material respects.  Thus, it should not be relied upon as providing legal or investment advice. If you have any questions concerning the contents of this post, you should contact a qualified professional.

Investors buy mutual fund shares from the fund itself or through a broker for the fund, rather than from other investors. The price that investors pay for the mutual fund is the fund's per share net asset value plus any fees charged at the time of purchase, such as sales loads.

Mutual fund shares are "redeemable," meaning investors can sell the shares back to the fund at any time. The fund usually must send you the payment within seven days.

Before buying shares in a mutual fund, read the prospectus carefully. The prospectus contains information about the mutual fund's investment objectives, risks, performance, and expenses.