Alternative mutual funds “on steroids” can be risky

Mutual funds are supposed to be relatively safe, but a subset known as leveraged funds can be riskier than most because they use complex and aggressive trading strategies. One retiree shared her story with the Chicago Tribune. It even affected her relationship with her sister. The end of my Tribune story includes a helpful explanation of how leverage funds work. Image

In 2012, Cecilia Kruczek, of Schaumburg, learned that a brokerage employee had lost $100,000 of her money in a leveraged, actively traded fund just when she needed the cash. Recently, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued an investor alert about alternative or “alt” mutual funds, which use strategies that differ from the industry’s more typical buy-and-hold practice. (Terrence Antonio James, Chicago Tribune)