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Greetings C,

I am a rookie in the field of Mutual Funds so I am probably not using all of the terms correctly.

So, here are a few links for getting some of the basics down:

As well as Morningstar's University section, and others.

Some terms like Growth do have multiple meanings so that in one context it means capital appreciation so that it is a contrast to an income fund that may have an objective of more dividends and interest than investing in rising stocks. The other main definition of growth and the one I'm used to is that of growth in contrast to value when looking at valuations and how a fund invests: Will the fund manager buy stocks with higher multiples, eg what Janus did well, or is there an impression that this fund manager hunts among stocks that have low valuations, eg Oakmark, Dodge & Cox invest this way.

Balanced funds just invest in stocks and bonds and so there can be some aggressive funds like Janus Balanced(JABAX) or something more conservative like Dodge & Cox Balanced(DODBX) but there are also those more in the middle like that Balanced Index fund I mentioned before. Over the past couple of years value seems to have done very well and growth hasn't looked good.

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