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Subject:  Re: Van Kampen Mutual Fund Date:  10/27/1999  1:37 PM
Author:  pauleckler Number:  14851 of 78166

You should be able to check out the performance history of the Van Kampen Emerging Growth Fund on Morningstar and ValueLine available from Quicken on Excite.com. Compare its historical performance to that of the S&P 500. Check out its load charges and expense ratios.

Much depends on how important the income on this investment will be to your father. Does he have social security or other income to cover his basic living expenses (so this added income buys him some extras), or is he dependent on this income.

The fund you mention appears to be a stock fund investing in new companies. It is good that your father is willing to invest in equities. The risk is that recent performance may not continue consistently in the long term. If other income will cover him when the market is d