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No-load Mutual Fund

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You buy a no-load mutual fund directly from the investment company that sponsors the fund. You pay no sales charge, or load, on the fund when you buy or sell shares.Although, no-load funds may charge a redemption fee if you sell before a certain time has elapsed in order to limit short-term turnover. Some fund companies charge an annual fee, called a 12b-1 fee, to offset their marketing costs. Your share of this fee is a percentage of the value of your holdings in the fund.You may also be able to buy no-load funds through a mutual fund network, sometimes known as a mutual fund supermarket, typically sponsored by a discount brokerage firm. If you have an account with the firm, you can choose among no-load funds sponsored by a number of different investment companies.load funds and no-load funds making similar investments tend to produce almost equivalent total returns over the long term - say ten years or more. But it can take an investor nearly that long to offset the higher cost of buying load funds.

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Community Reinvestment Act Of 1977

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Law passed by Congress in 1977 requiring banks and other depository financial institutions to help meet credit needs of the community in which the bank or financial institution is chartered and operating in. These include meeting the credit needs of low to moderate income neighborhoods, provided that they had safe and consistent operations. A bank's or depository financial institutions' compliance with the community reinvestment act is taken into consideration when a bank or depository financial institution desires to expand and build new bank branches or in mergers and acquisitions. The community reinvestment act does not specifically list any civil or punitive damages and does not list specific criteria for evaluating the performance of a financial institution. Rather, the community reinvestment act may be taken into consideration in conjunction with the equal credit opportunity act that does list specific civil and punitive damages for discriminating credit applicants based upon their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status or age.

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