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Mutual funds are one type of investment vehicle that allows investors to purchase a variety of stocks and bonds in a pool form.

But not all mutual funds are alike. Some funds focus on specific stock sectors, while others cast a wider net.

A bevy of information about mutual funds is available on the Web. If you’d like to learn more about mutual funds, here are a few good sites:

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: Explains how mutual funds work and different fund types. Useful primer on how mutual funds work.

American Association of Individual Investors: Answers a variety of frequently asked questions about mutual funds.

Investopedia: Provides dozens of articles devoted to mutual fund topics.

Mutual Fund Investor’s Center: Contains all sorts of info on the inner workings of mutual funds.