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It's crunch time!

We've helped you narrow down the field to the seven essential things you need to look for in a mutual fund. A quick recap -- look for funds that have:

  • No loads
  • Turnover of no higher than 50%
  • Expense ratio below 1.75%
  • A manager with a proven track record of outperforming the S&P 500
  • A manager with a sound investment philosophy
  • A manager with a long tenure
  • A manager with a sound investment philosophy

So how do you get at this information? It's easier than you think. Here are some ways to get started:

  • If you haven't read through our series on picking the right mutual fund yet, do it now. You'll find plenty of ideas on going about evaluating funds you like.
  • Take advantage of our Motley Fool Champion Funds newsletter service to learn more about what makes a great fund. Our fund experts do a lot of your work for you, going through thousands of funds to find ones with the best potential for profits.