Whether youÂ¡Â¯re a first-time stock investor or a seasoned veteran, we should understand what differentiates single stock investments from mutual fund investing. Picture a collection of stocks, bonds, or other securities that are purchased by a group of investors and then managed by an investment company. ThatÂ¡Â¯s a mutual fund. When you buy a share in a fund, youÂ¡Â¯re really buying a piece of a large, diverse portfolio. Conversely, stocks are shares of a single company. Which do you think would yield a better or higher return of investment?