Touchstone Market Neutral Equity Class A (TSEAX)
Expense Ratio: 1.51%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $42,658.47
The Touchstone Market Neutral Equity Class A fund (TSEAX) is a Market Neutral fund started on 9/30/2009 and has $46.50 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running Touchstone Market Neutral Equity Class A since 10/21/2009. The fund is rated by Morningstar. In addition to trading fees and broker commissions, this fund has 12b-1 fees of 0.25%
PowerShares S&P 500 BuyWrite Portfolio (PBP)
Expense Ratio: 0.75%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $22,921.88
The PowerShares S&P 500 BuyWrite Portfolio (PBP) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Market Neutral investment strategy and is an alternative to a Market Neutral mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Touchstone Market Neutral Equity Class A because computers automatically manage the stocks.
|Mutual Fund Name||Ticker Symbol||Turnover||Assets (M)||Annual Fees|
|AQR Diversified Arbitrage Fund Class I||ADAIX||298.0%||2,400||1.23%|
|Calamos Market Neutral Income A||CVSIX||98.5%||2,400||1.14%|
|Calamos Market Neutral Income I||CMNIX||98.5%||2,400||0.89%|
|DWS Disciplined Market Neutral Instl||DDMIX||481.0%||417||1.43%|
|Vanguard Market Neutral I||VMNIX||91.0%||201||0.31%|
|Vanguard Market Neutral Inv||VMNFX||91.0%||201||0.41%|
Turnover represents how much of a mutual fund's holdings are changed over the course of a year through buying and selling. Active mutual funds have an average turnover rate of about 85%, meaning that funds are turning over nearly all of their holdings every year. A high turnover means you could make lower returns because: 1) buying and selling stocks costs money through commissions and spreads and 2) the fund will distribute yearly capital gains which increases your taxes. Look for funds with turnover rates below 50%. For comparison, ETF turnover rates average around 10% or lower.
Generally, smaller funds do better than larger ones. The more assets in a mutual fund, the lower the chance that it will beat its index. Managers outperform an index by choosing stocks that are undervalued. In order to find these undervalued stocks, the manager has to know more than his competitors to develop an "edge." There are only a finite number of stocks a mutual fund manager can reasonably analyze and actively track to gain such a competitive edge. When the fund has more assets, the manager must analyze large companies because he needs to take larger positions. Large companies are more efficiently priced in the market and it becomes increasingly difficult to get an edge.