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Introduction to Net Asset Value

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The net asset value is the value of a mutual fund share. Learn how it is determined and how the market can affect it.

What you will learn

  • What Is Net Asset Value?
  • Mutual Fund Public Offering Price
  • Net Asset Value in the Daily Press
  • Net Asset Values of Closed-End Mutual Funds
  • Market Effects on Net Asset Value

What do you know?

Introduction to Net Asset Value

When you buy and redeem mutual fund shares, there are two prices you are interested in—the net asset value (NAV) and the public offering price (POP). You can find both in the financial pages of newspapers. Like stock quotes, they are computed every day. As an educated investor, you need to be aware of the net asset value, how it is calculated, and factors affecting it.