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It’s Not Your Father’s Mutual Funds Anymore And That’s Good

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John Rekenthaler on mutual funds

With John Rekenthaler, Vice President, Research and Columnist with Morningstar

John built Morningstar’s retirement advice business from a start-up operation into one of the largest independent advice and guidance providers in the retirement industry, reaching more than 10 million participants and 63,000 plan sponsors. John also helped develop Morningstar’s proprietary methodologies such as the Morningstar Rating for mutual funds, and earlier directed Morningstar’s investment information products for variable annuities.

John walks us through the history and evolution of the mutual funds industry over the past 60 years – from a murky industry with gimmick funds and questionable charges once as high as 8% and sales fees of 1% per year in perpetuity. Then things started to get more competition-driven with the advent of no-load funds, greater regulatory scrutiny and greater transparency. ETFs helped put more pressure on the industry, with lower cost and greater diversity to help investors better customize and manage their portfolios.

I've been an investment strategist and adviser for over 35 years, leading with a mission of unbiased advice to educate and protect listeners on my weekly radio show on NPR affiliates nationwide. I have been named a “Top 100 Wealth Advisor” by Worth Magazine and “Top Advisor” by Reuters.