Sunday, November 22, 2009

Net Asset Value

All of the following would cause NAV for an open-end fund to increase except

A. stocks in the portfolio increase in value

B. stocks in the portfolio pay a dividend

C. investors buy new shares in unexpectedly large quantities

D. bonds in the portfolio make interest payments

EXPLANATION: if you owned stocks and bonds in a brokerage account, the account value would rise whenever the value of the stocks and bonds went up, or whenever they put money into your account via dividend and interest payments. If you multiplied the size of your portfolio by a bazillion and cut it up into shares, the same thing would happen to the mutual owners of your mutual fund. So "A", "B", and "D", all do make the NAV rise. Choice C has nothing to do with NAV--supply and demand does not apply here. At 4 PM or so each day the fund is revalued based on what we just mentioned--THEN, they let buyers in based on that NAV, and they pay sellers out the NAV. But it's all proportional and all done at the same price.


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