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What’s a mutual fund?

Good question! A mutual fund is a professionally managed portfolio of investments that pools your money with other investors to buy securities like stocks, bonds, ETFs or even other mutual funds.
It’s great for: people who want to benefit from diversification and professional investment management.

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What’s great about mutual funds

Money managed by professionals so you can breathe easy
Broad investment options covering different industry sectors
Diversification means your eggs aren’t all in one basket
Easy to buy and a low minimum initial investment to get started!

Explore your mutual fund options

Check out our managed portfolios or compare individual funds.

Our managed portfolios

Mutual fund portfolios are a convenient, one-stop investment option designed to suit a broad range of investment goals and styles.

Mutual Funds List

View and compare price, performance and expense details
for all BMO Mutual Funds.

Mutual Fund basics

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Our investment solutions offer you:
  • A mix of funds tailored to your goals and risk tolerance in one package
  • Diversified investments
  • Peace of mind while we do all the heavy lifting for you
A BMO investment professional can help you find the right funds for your needs from our wide range of options.
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Distributions are earnings from the fund’s operation, paid to you (as a mutual fund investor).

You can either collect the earnings in cash, or reinvest them into more units of the mutual fund.
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Mutual Fund Fees
We’re committed to being clear about fees, so that you can make smart decisions about your investments. Watch our 3-minute video about mutual fund fees, or check out our Frequently Asked Questions and handy fact sheet to learn more.

Taxes and your funds
Take the time to understand how taxes affect your investments. Taxes determine how much goes into your pocket after the government takes its share of investment profits. Consider these essential tax facts.
  • You could be liable for capital gains income taxes when you realize a profit on fund units
  • Most fund distributions are taxable. How much tax you pay will depend on the type of fund distribution and your marginal tax rate
  • Investment growth is sheltered from tax inside a registered investment such as an RSP, RIF, RESP,or TFSA account or locked-in plan
  • Your investment options
    Our investment solutions offer you:
    • A mix of funds tailored to your goals and risk tolerance in one package
    • Diversified investments
    • Peace of mind while we do all the heavy lifting for you
    A BMO investment professional can help you find the right funds for your needs from our wide range of options.
  • How to choose Mutual Funds
  • How distributions work
    Distributions are earnings from the fund’s operation, paid to you (as a mutual fund investor).

    You can either collect the earnings in cash, or reinvest them into more units of the mutual fund.
  • Fees and Taxes
    Mutual Fund Fees
    We’re committed to being clear about fees, so that you can make smart decisions about your investments. Watch our 3-minute video about mutual fund fees, or check out our Frequently Asked Questions and handy fact sheet to learn more.

    Taxes and your funds
    Take the time to understand how taxes affect your investments. Taxes determine how much goes into your pocket after the government takes its share of investment profits. Consider these essential tax facts.
    • You could be liable for capital gains income taxes when you realize a profit on fund units
    • Most fund distributions are taxable. How much tax you pay will depend on the type of fund distribution and your marginal tax rate
    • Investment growth is sheltered from tax inside a registered investment such as an RSP, RIF, RESP,or TFSA account or locked-in plan

Top questions about mutual funds

Want to learn more about Mutual Funds?

Where can I find information about a mutual fund’s returns, fees and minimum investment?

We’ve made it easy to find out everything you need to know about our mutual funds. Our Mutual Funds List lets you see prices, performance and fees for all our funds at a glance, with handy features to help you find what you’re after quickly. If you’re looking for more detailed information, every fund has a Fund Facts document which you can download as a PDF. Simply click on the name of a fund in the list, and look for the “Related Links / Downloads” section on the next page.

What is the minimum amount I can invest in a mutual fund?

You don’t need a lot of money to start investing in mutual funds. For example, you can invest in a BMO SelectTrust® Portfolio with as little as $500.

How do I invest in mutual funds?

To get started investing in mutual funds, all you have to do is book an appointment online to meet with a BMO investment professional at your local branch. If you prefer, you can call 1-800-665-7700 to do it over the phone . If you’re already a BMO customer, you can log into Online Banking and open a TFSA, or purchase mutual funds for an existing investment account.

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Mutual funds basics

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