Mutual Funds1

A mutual fund pools the assets of multiple investors and purchases securities in accordance of a common predefined goal. With its pooled assets, a mutual fund provides advantages that an individual investor would not be able to achieve alone.

First Midwest Financial Network* has access to strategic relationships with America's finest mutual fund providers, offers access to a total of over 1,000 funds – covering almost every investment objective and style, every sector and industry, and every investment class. Whether you are looking for large-cap growth or small-cap value, sector funds or socially conscious management, the First Midwest Financial Network offers access to a family of mutual fund partners who can address almost every investor's needs.

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Why Mutual Funds?

Affordability

Most mutual funds have a low minimum investment amount and offer automatic investment plans, allowing the investor to add to the fund in small increments. Individual investors would most likely find it cost-prohibitive to purchase such a wide variety of securities on their own. Because the fund buys and sells many securities at a time, the result is often lower brokerage costs to the individual shareholder.

Liquidity

Unlike investments such as certificates of deposit or bonds, the shares of many funds are easily converted to cash on any business day, and can be sent to the shareholder in the form of a check or deposited directly into the shareholder's bank account.

Diversification

Mutual funds hold many different investments in their portfolios, generally stocks, bonds and money market instruments. Because of the variety of securities within the portfolio, poor results from one investment may not have a dramatic effect on the mutual fund as a whole because they may be offset by positive results from other investments in the portfolio.

Professional Management

Experienced investment professionals research, select, and invest in securities they believe will achieve the fund's specific investment objective.

Managing Risk

Investing in mutual funds involves risk, including possible loss or principal. Investments in specialized industry sectors carry additional risk, which are outlined in the prospectus. There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns or outperform a non-diversified portfolio. Diversification does not ensure against market risk. Selling the shares of funds may result in a taxable event, in addition to surrender and/or sales charges. See your tax advisor before engaging in a strategy where selling shares may occur often.

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What Else Should I Know About Mutual Funds?

Investors should consider the objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of the mutual fund investment company carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information about the investment company. You can obtain a prospectus from your financial representative. Read carefully before investing.

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