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BGNAX - American Century Ginnie Mae A

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American Century Ginnie Mae A (BGNAX)
Expense Ratio: 0.81%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $24,601.35


The American Century Ginnie Mae A fund (BGNAX) is a Intermediate Government fund started on 10/9/1997 and has $1.90 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running American Century Ginnie Mae A since 1/22/2007. The fund is rated by Morningstar. In addition to trading fees and broker commissions, this fund has 12b-1 fees of 0.25%

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iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury (IEF)
Expense Ratio: 0.15%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $4,881.99


The iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury (IEF) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Intermediate Government investment strategy and is an alternative to a Intermediate Government mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like American Century Ginnie Mae A because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Intermediate Government Funds Have Lower Fees Than American Century Ginnie Mae A (BGNAX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Access Capital Community Investment I ACCSX 17.0% 581 0.78%
American Century Ginnie Mae Instl AGMNX 130.0% 1,900 0.36%
American Century Ginnie Mae Inv BGNMX 130.0% 1,900 0.56%
American Century Government Bond A ABTAX 127.0% 1,600 0.73%
American Century Government Bond Instl ABTIX 127.0% 1,600 0.28%
American Century Government Bond Inv CPTNX 127.0% 1,600 0.48%
American Funds US Government Sec A AMUSX 212.0% 7,200 0.61%
American Funds US Government Sec F-1 UGSFX 212.0% 7,200 0.63%
American Funds US Government Sec F-2 GVTFX 212.0% 7,200 0.38%
American Funds US Government Sec R4 RGVEX 212.0% 7,200 0.64%
American Funds US Government Sec R5 RGVFX 212.0% 7,200 0.34%
American Funds US Government Sec R6 RGVGX 212.0% 7,200 0.29%
BlackRock GNMA Instl BGNIX 743.0% 1,300 0.62%
BlackRock US Government Bond Instl PNIGX 794.0% 1,200 0.64%
BlackRock US Mortgage Portfolio Instl MSUMX 1.0% 159 0.72%
Columbia US Govt Mortgage Z CUGZX 465.0% 1,800 0.61%
Columbia US Treasury Index A LUTAX 106.0% 388 0.45%
Columbia US Treasury Index A LUTTZ 106.0% 388 0.45%
Columbia US Treasury Index Z IUTIX 106.0% 388 0.20%
DFA Intermediate Govt Fixed-Income I DFIGX 16.0% 2,800 0.12%
DWS GNMA Fund Class A GGGGX 211.0% 2,300 0.78%
DWS GNMA Fund Institutional Class GIGGX 211.0% 2,300 0.47%
DWS GNMA S SGINX 211.0% 2,300 0.54%
DWS GNMA S SGL1Z 211.0% 2,300 0.54%
DWS Strategic Government Securities S KUSMX 214.0% 1,800 0.65%
Federated GNMA Instl FGMAX 181.0% 478 0.67%
Federated Income Instl FICMX 171.0% 551 0.62%
Federated Mortgage Instl FGFIX 222.0% 299 0.39%
Federated Mortgage Svc FGFSX 222.0% 299 0.69%
Federated Total Return Govt Bd Instl FTRGX 103.0% 1,300 0.31%
Federated Total Return Govt Bd Svc FTGSX 103.0% 1,300 0.65%
Fidelity Advisor Government Income I FVIIX 466.0% 5,400 0.52%
Fidelity Advisor Government Income T FVITX 466.0% 5,400 0.75%
Fidelity GNMA Fund FGMNX 367.0% 10,300 0.45%
Fidelity Government Income FGOVX 466.0% 5,400 0.45%
Fidelity Intermediate Government Inc FSTGX 258.0% 1,100 0.45%
Fidelity Spartan Interm Tr Bd Idx Inv FIBIX 76.0% 1,200 0.20%
Fidelity Spartan Interm Trs Bd Idx Advtg FIBAX 76.0% 1,200 0.10%
Franklin US Government Secs A FKU1Z 20.2% 11,600 0.72%
Franklin US Government Secs A FKUSX 20.2% 11,600 0.72%
Franklin US Government Secs Adv FUSAX 20.2% 11,600 0.58%
Goldman Sachs Government Income Instl GSGTZ 763.0% 805 0.57%
Goldman Sachs Government Income Instl GSOIX 763.0% 805 0.57%
Goldman Sachs US Mortgages A GSUAX 1.0% 344 0.71%
Goldman Sachs US Mortgages Inst GSUIX 1.0% 344 0.37%
ING GNMA Income W IGMWX 335.0% 1,000 0.68%
MFS Government Securities I MGSIX 49.0% 2,100 0.62%
MFS Government Securities R4 MFGJX 49.0% 2,100 0.62%
Morgan Stanley US Govt Secs I USGDX 161.0% 1,000 0.66%
Northern Institutional US Trs Idx A BTIAX 64.5% 138 0.26%
Oppenheimer US Government Y OUSYX 57.0% 1,000 0.65%
Payden GNMA PYG1Z 23.0% 1,000 0.50%
Payden GNMA PYGNX 23.0% 1,000 0.50%
Payden GNMA Adviser PYGWX 23.0% 1,000 0.75%
PIA MBS Bond PMTGX 122.0% 174 0.02%
PIMCO GNMA Instl PDMIX 2.0% 2,100 0.50%
PIMCO GNMA P PPGNX 2.0% 2,100 0.60%
PNC Government Mortgage I PTGIX 17.0% 104 0.63%
Prudential Government Income Z PGVZX 1.0% 669 0.69%
Putnam American Government Income Y PATYX 402.0% 756 0.60%
Putnam US Government Income Y PUSYX 496.0% 1,600 0.60%
Schwab GNMA SWGSX 641.0% 595 0.55%
SEI Daily Income GNMA A SEGMX 1.0% 267 0.70%
Sentinel Government Securities A SEGSX 688.0% 1,000 0.80%
Sentinel Government Securities I SIBWX 688.0% 1,000 0.57%
T. Rowe Price GNMA PRGMX 225.7% 1,800 0.68%
T. Rowe Price US Treasury Interm PRTIX 32.8% 582 0.51%
Vanguard GNMA Adm VFIJX 189.0% 39,200 0.11%
Vanguard GNMA Inv VFIIX 189.0% 39,200 0.21%
Vanguard Interm-Term Treasury Adm VFIUX 273.0% 6,500 0.10%
Vanguard Interm-Term Treasury Inv VFITX 273.0% 6,500 0.20%
Vanguard Interm-Tm Govt Bd Idx Instl VIIGX 41.0% 286 0.09%
Vanguard Intermediate-Term Government Bond Index Fund Signal Shares VSIGX 41.0% 286 0.13%
Wells Fargo Advantage Government Sec Ad WGSDX 268.0% 2,300 0.66%
Wells Fargo Advantage Government Sec I SGVIX 268.0% 2,300 0.50%



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