ING Real Estate Instl (CRARX)
Expense Ratio: 0.86%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $25,984.37
The ING Real Estate Instl fund (CRARX) is a Real Estate fund started on 12/31/1996 and has $983.40 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running ING Real Estate Instl since 1/24/1997. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.
Vanguard REIT Index ETF (VNQ)
Expense Ratio: 0.10%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $3,271.86
The Vanguard REIT Index ETF (VNQ) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Real Estate investment strategy and is an alternative to a Real Estate mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like ING Real Estate Instl because computers automatically manage the stocks.
|Mutual Fund Name||Ticker Symbol||Turnover||Assets (M)||Annual Fees|
|Cohen & Steers Instl Realty Shares||CSRIX||92.0%||2,200||0.75%|
|Columbia Real Estate Equity Fund Class R5||CRRVX||72.0%||540||0.84%|
|Davis Real Estate Y||DREYX||68.0%||249||0.79%|
|DFA Real Estate Securities I||DFREX||3.0%||3,500||0.22%|
|DWS RREEF Real Estate Securities Inst||RRRRX||107.0%||1,400||0.61%|
|DWS RREEF Real Estate Securities S||RRREX||107.0%||1,400||0.74%|
|Fidelity Real Estate Investment||FRESX||25.0%||3,400||0.85%|
|JPMorgan Realty Income Instl||URTLX||141.0%||665||0.78%|
|Neuberger Berman Real Estate I||NBRIX||28.0%||511||0.85%|
|PIMCO Real Estate Real Return Strategy I||PRRSX||287.0%||2,700||0.74%|
|PIMCO Real Estate Real Return Strategy P||PETPX||287.0%||2,700||0.84%|
|Principal Real Estate Securities Inst||PIREX||29.3%||1,400||0.85%|
|T. Rowe Price Real Estate||TRREX||4.9%||3,500||0.78%|
|TIAA-CREF Real Estate Sec Instl||TIREX||75.0%||1,100||0.57%|
|TIAA-CREF Real Estate Sec Premier||TRRPX||75.0%||1,100||0.72%|
|TIAA-CREF Real Estate Sec Retail||TCREX||75.0%||1,100||0.84%|
|TIAA-CREF Real Estate Sec Retire||TRRSX||75.0%||1,100||0.82%|
|Vanguard REIT Index Inst||VGSNX||10.0%||24,300||0.08%|
|Vanguard REIT Index Inv||VGSIX||10.0%||24,300||0.24%|
|Vanguard REIT Index Signal||VGRSX||10.0%||24,300||0.10%|
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.