DBIRX - Dreyfus Bond Market Index Basic

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Dreyfus Bond Market Index Basic (DBIRX)
Expense Ratio: 0.15%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $4,881.99

The Dreyfus Bond Market Index Basic fund (DBIRX) is a Intermediate-Term Bond fund started on 11/30/1993 and has $2.40 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running Dreyfus Bond Market Index Basic since 03/5/2010. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF (BIV)
Expense Ratio: 0.11%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $3,595.26

The Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF (BIV) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Intermediate-Term Bond investment strategy and is an alternative to a Intermediate-Term Bond mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Dreyfus Bond Market Index Basic because computers automatically manage the stocks.

The Following Intermediate-Term Bond Funds Have Lower Fees Than Dreyfus Bond Market Index Basic (DBIRX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
BlackRock Bond Allc Tgt Shares Ser C BRACX 41.0% 349 0.00%
BlackRock Bond Allc Tgt Shares Ser M BRAMX 523.0% 321 0.03%
BlackRock Bond Allc Tgt Shares Ser S BRASX 192.0% 134 0.01%
Fidelity Spartan US Bond Index Fund Fidelity Advantage Class FSITX 106.0% 14,800 0.11%
Vanguard Interm-Term Bond Index Signal VIBSX 61.0% 15,600 0.11%
Vanguard Interm-Term Investment-Grade Ad VFIDX 49.0% 17,400 0.10%
Vanguard Interm-Tm Corp Bd Idx Signal VICSX 80.0% 2,400 0.14%
Vanguard Total Bond Market Idx Instl Pls VBMPX 73.0% 110,100 0.05%
Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Inst VBTIX 73.0% 110,100 0.07%
Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Signal VBTSX 73.0% 110,100 0.10%

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Why Are These Metrics Important?

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.