Americans are more highly motivated than ever before to invest in mutual funds, particularly for their retirement, and are interested in staying with these funds for the long-term in spite of market drops, according to a study by MFS Investment Management of Boston.

Roper Starch Worldwide conducted the study, called "The Changing American Investor" for MFS. It surveyed 1,000 individuals, 700 of whom were investors, for the study.

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