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7. Investing in Mutual Funds > Why Don’t My Funds Perform as Well as Others?

Why Don’t My Funds Perform as Well as Others?

Learn how mutual fund expenses cut into the money you make on your fund investments.

It can be downright disheartening. You check annual returns for some of your mutual funds, and notice that they never seem to perform as well as other funds or their corresponding stock market indexes. Even worse, a fund might trail most of the other funds in the same category. Some funds are simply dogs, but, in a lot of cases, below-par returns result from excessive fund expenses. You can improve your results by understanding how mutual fund expenses drag down returns, and trading in your high-cost funds for similar funds with lower expenses and correspondingly better results—see [Hack #66] and [Hack #67] .


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