David Snowball, PhD

David ­Snowball, PhD, publisher of MutualFundObserver.com, an independent mutual fund–analysis website that tracks 36,000 investment products. He also is professor of communications studies at Augustana College, Rock ­Island, Illinois.

When a Fund Is Closed
Stocks

When a Fund Is Closed

David Snowball, PhD | September 5, 2023

One of the better stock funds for today’s volatile markets is the T. Rowe Price Capital Appreciation Fund (PRWCX). But:…

Dry Powder
Investing

Dry Powder

David Snowball, PhD | June 12, 2023

If you own a stock mutual fund, you expect it to be fully invested, not sitting in cash or cash…

Learn From the Money Experts’ Mistakes
Personal Finances

Learn From the Money Experts’ Mistakes

Sam Dogen | December 4, 2022

With a bear market and an economy teetering on recession, any money missteps you make now tend to be amplified.…

The Safe Choice for Investors in 2022
Investing

The Safe Choice for Investors in 2022

David Snowball, PhD | July 17, 2022

As fast-growing behemoths such as Netflix, Tesla and Meta Platforms (the parent company of Facebook) falter this year, it’s time…

Great Actively Managed Funds to Invest In Now
Personal Finances

Great Actively Managed Funds to Invest In Now

David Snowball, PhD | December 25, 2021

If you are fed up with the high fees and mediocre performance of your mutual funds, you’re not alone. Over…

6 Supercharged ­Investments
Investing

6 Supercharged ­Investments

Vitaly Katsenelson | August 16, 2021

Even Warren Buffett is exasperated by the search for income in today’s low-rate world. “Fixed-­income ­investors…face a bleak future,” he…

Simplify Your Portfolio with One, Two or Three Funds
Mutual Funds & ETFs

Simplify Your Portfolio with One, Two or Three Funds

David Snowball, PhD | August 25, 2020

Instead of cramming your investment portfolio full of funds, consider consolidating.

Some Foreign Funds Are Not Foreign Enough
Mutual Funds & ETFs

Some Foreign Funds Are Not Foreign Enough

David Snowball, PhD | April 12, 2020

Your foreign stock fund may have a heavy dose of US stocks, possibly throwing off your asset allocation plan

Best Stock Funds You Never Heard Of
Mutual Funds & ETFs

Best Stock Funds You Never Heard Of

David Snowball, PhD | September 20, 2019

These funds that are small and less well known than other funds have been beating the crowd.

Investments that Are Worth the Risk for Higher Returns
Portfolio Strategy

Investments that Are Worth the Risk for Higher Returns

Michael Kass | June 10, 2019

As the bull market ages some investors are stretching their comfort zones to boost returns. Here are some great investments options to do that.

These Attractive Funds Focus on Overlooked Midcap Stocks
Mutual Funds & ETFs

These Attractive Funds Focus on Overlooked Midcap Stocks

David Snowball, PhD | April 22, 2019

Medium-sized companies get ignored by investors, but they often combine the best attributes of large and small companies.

These Stock Funds Avoid Big Market Dips
Mutual Funds & ETFs

These Stock Funds Avoid Big Market Dips

David Snowball, PhD | February 7, 2019

Worried about stock market volatility? Invest in funds that are resistant to corrections and are strong performers overall. We found the best ones.

Microcap Funds
Mutual Funds & ETFs

Microcap Funds

David Snowball, PhD | October 1, 2018

Funds focused on the smallest stocks have taken the lead, offering investors new opportunities.

The 7 Best Funds for Volatile Times
Mutual Funds & ETFs

The 7 Best Funds for Volatile Times

Russel Kinnel | June 8, 2018

Bottom Line asked five leading investment experts to choose the best mutual funds and exchange-traded funds for today’s extremely volatile market.

New Mutual Funds
Mutual Funds & ETFs

New Mutual Funds

David Snowball, PhD | December 30, 2014

It may be enticing to jump into a new mutual fund. A new fund’s small size and its ability to…