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As an investor you will want to check out any equity before you buy it. Many investors go to Morning star which is one of the magnanimous providers of mutual fund info in the world. It is adopted that their information is correct. After all that is what you are paying for. Recently the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) called them on the carpet for not righting a fault within a sensible time (whatever that is according to the SEC).

Everyone makes errors and this was no big deal. It seems that when you went to their site and drew up a chart or asked for statistics on Rock Canyon Top Flight mutual fund it neglected to notify the potential buyer that the fund had issued a very large dividend of approximately 25 % and the NAV (Net Asset Value) sank from $15 to $11 to reflect the $4.00 dividend.

When you ask for a chart of this fund on Market Watch, Yahoo, The Street or Bloomberg they only post the NAV and do not make any adjustment for the dividend or capital gains statistical distributions. Looking the chart it appears the fund fell out of bed. Because I look at so many charts I knew right away that this was a distribution and not some calamity. It is best to call the fund to verify this. Most funds that make dividend and capital gains distributions usually do so in December, some in November and very few at other times during the year.

Some nitpicker called the SEC and made a charge about Morning star. Not that I am a large fan of them (in fact I think their reports are worthless) they get their price information from other sources such as the above. If you are not conversant with the requirement of mutual funds to disburse their profit before year end you might be fooled when you see the price suddenly drop. This is important for potential investors. I caution everyone to get a chart on the Internet of at least a one year performance of any mutual fund before purchasing. It is estimable to go back to year 2000 to see if the fund manager was able to keep from losing money during the last 4 years. Almost none of them could so they bamboozle about how they did better than the Sample 500 Index which had a huge loss of 50 % and remains down 25 % from those heights at this time. Don’t fall for that one.

Over again I caution that any leverage should have an exit programmed. One of the basic regulations of investing is never to lose a lot if you are wrong. Little losses will not ruin your portfolio, but large losses can ruin your retirement. Set your loss limit (5 %, 10 % or?) and stick with it. Charts can help you with buying marketing determinations, but check out their accuracy as charting is not a precise science.

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