Despite the rough economy in 2008, U.S. households continued to place their trust and their investments with mutual funds, according to a study by the Investment Company Institute."2008 marked the fifth consecutive year of growth in mutual fund-owning households," said Sarah Holden, ICI Senior Director of Retirement and Investor Research. "The survey finds about 4 million investors were added to mutual fund ownership ranks in 2008-up to 92 million from 88.2 million in 2007."Shareholder views of mutual funds continued to track stock market performance, with favorability declining from 77% in 2007 to 73% in 2008, and "more seasoned" investors tended to give mutual funds higher ratings than younger investors did.

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