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Subject: Re: IRA rollover Date: 1/20/2000 12:48 PM
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Janus is a quality house, so if you are satisfied with their performance, feel free. Fools recommend an S&P Index Fund such as Vanguard Index 500 as a basic investment. Index funds average 12% return, have done better than 20% in recent years, and tend to have no loads, and very low expense ratios (0.18%), and no 12b fees.

You can check out the performance of your funds vs the S&P Index on Morningstar and ValueLine available on line via the financial pages at Excite.com. Make sure whatever you choose does better than the S&P.

As to what is better, take a look at the Technology Sector Funds. (There is a board in Fooldom where these are discussed. Enter technology in the board box below and press find.) Janus Global Technology Fund is one of these. Look also at Fidelity Select Technology and TRowePrice Science and Technology Fund.

Tech funds have done very well in the last year or two. So have Japan funds. So yes there are some out there that do better. The question is will they do better than the S&P next year. That is difficult to answer.

Some of us are into S&P Index fund as the basic investment with 20 to 30% of assets into technology sector funds. There are also QQQ and XLK, the spiders traded on the Amex. They too have done very well, are unmanaged, have low expense ratios and low capital gains payouts. This makes them especially attractive for taxable accounts.

Many sources publish lists of top performing mutual funds for the last year or quarter. The trick is to know which can do it consistently. Janus is probably better than most.
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