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Chapter 31. When to Choose an Alternativ... > Better Management of Your Entire Por...

Better Management of Your Entire Portfolio

There are many aspects of managing a portfolio, and the new alternatives can help investors do a better overall job. Let's assume you own a portfolio of securities and mutual funds, or perhaps you only own mutual funds. Regardless, you can gain some valuable new tools and strategies that you probably did not have before.

What if margin trading and short selling are important to you? You can't use these techniques in general with mutual funds, but you can purchase ETFs on margin, and they can be sold short. Any type of order that applies to common stocks also applies to ETFs—for example, limit and stop orders, good-to-cancelled orders, and so forth.


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