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Ask The Experts: Are My Mutual Funds Safe?

Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | 3:21 PM ET

I have all of my money (nest egg) invested in Fidelity Mutual Funds. Roth IRA, individual account and a regular IRA. Are they insured? Safe? Should I worry?? About $300,000 total. Thank you very much. -Carolyn

Mutual funds are not insured and you could lose the value of your investments due to normal market fluctuation. However, Fidelity is a member of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), and brokerage accounts maintained with Fidelity are protected by SIPC, which protects brokerage accounts of each customer when a brokerage firm is closed due to bankruptcy or other financial difficulties and customer assets are missing from accounts. SIPC protects brokerage accounts of each customer up to $500,000 in securities. Learn more at here or by calling 1-800-FIDELITY.

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