Introduction. What are mutual funds?. Mutual fund classifications. Types of mutual funds. Load versus no-load mutual funds. Advantages of mutual fund investing. Risks in mutual fund investing. Investment companies. The prospectus. How to open a mutual fund account. Registering a mutual fund account. Making subsequent investment purchases. Strategies to maximize return on investment. Tracking a fund's performance. Services provided by mutual fund companies. Costs of ownership. Tax issues. Developing a model portfolio. Is mutual fund investing for me?. Mutual fund investing via the internet.