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DEEBX - Delaware Extended Duration Bond B

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Delaware Extended Duration Bond B (DEEBX)
Expense Ratio: 1.70%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $47,099.49


The Delaware Extended Duration Bond B fund (DEEBX) is a Long-Term Bond fund started on 9/15/1998 and has $728.40 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running Delaware Extended Duration Bond B since 6/17/2007. The fund is rated by Morningstar. In addition to trading fees and broker commissions, this fund has 12b-1 fees of 1.00%

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

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


The Vanguard Long-Term Bond ETF (BLV) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Long-Term Bond investment strategy and is an alternative to a Long-Term Bond mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Delaware Extended Duration Bond B because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Long-Term Bond Funds Have Lower Fees Than Delaware Extended Duration Bond B (DEEBX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Calvert Long Term Income A CLDAX 498.0% 220 1.25%
Cohen & Steers Preferred Sec & Inc A CPXAX 44.0% 1,100 1.10%
Cohen & Steers Preferred Sec & Inc I CPXIX 44.0% 1,100 0.75%
Delaware Extended Duration Bond A DEEAX 147.0% 728 0.95%
Delaware Extended Duration Bond Inst DEEIX 147.0% 728 0.70%
Delaware Extended Duration Bond R DEERX 147.0% 728 1.20%
Legg Mason WA Corporate Bond A SIGAX 100.0% 503 1.07%
Legg Mason WA Corporate Bond I SIGYX 100.0% 503 0.74%
Legg Mason Western Asset Corporate Bond Fund Class P LCBPX 100.0% 503 1.24%
Loomis Sayles Investment Grade F/I LSIGX 17.0% 598 0.49%
Nuveen Preferred Securities A NPSAX 60.0% 721 1.10%
Nuveen Preferred Securities I NPSRX 60.0% 721 0.85%
PIA BBB Bond PBBBX 58.0% 320 0.00%
PIMCO Long Duration Total Return Instl PLRIX 219.0% 6,300 0.50%
PIMCO Long-Term Credit Fund Institutional Class PTCIX 259.0% 2,300 0.55%
Steward Select Bond Inst SEACX 38.0% 137 0.67%
T. Rowe Price Corporate Income PRPIX 57.1% 621 0.64%
Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index Inst VBLLX 45.0% 5,600 0.07%
Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index Inv VBLTX 45.0% 5,600 0.22%
Vanguard Long-Term Investment-Grade Adm VWETX 29.0% 12,000 0.12%
Vanguard Long-Term Investment-Grade Inv VWESX 29.0% 12,000 0.22%



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