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DFTPX - DFA US Targeted Value R2

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DFA US Targeted Value R2 (DFTPX)
Expense Ratio: 0.63%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $19,497.04


The DFA US Targeted Value R2 fund (DFTPX) is a Small Value fund started on 6/30/2008 and has $2.70 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running DFA US Targeted Value R2 since 3/23/2012. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

Vanguard Small Cap Value ETF (VBR)
Expense Ratio: 0.10%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $3,271.86


The Vanguard Small Cap Value ETF (VBR) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Small Value investment strategy and is an alternative to a Small Value mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like DFA US Targeted Value R2 because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Small Value Funds Have Lower Fees Than DFA US Targeted Value R2 (DFTPX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
American Beacon Small Cp Val AMR AASVX 59.0% 3,100 0.57%
Bridgeway Omni Tax-Managed Small-Cap Value Fund Class N BOTSX 7.0% 117 0.60%
DFA Tax-Managed US Targeted Value DTMVX 21.0% 2,200 0.44%
DFA US Small Cap Value I DFSVX 14.0% 6,600 0.52%
DFA US Targeted Value I DFFVX 23.0% 2,700 0.38%
DFA US Targeted Value R1 DFTVX 23.0% 2,700 0.48%
Vanguard Small Cap Value Index Instl VSIIX 30.0% 6,700 0.19%
Vanguard Small Cap Value Index Inv VISVX 30.0% 6,700 0.35%



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Turnover
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.

Assets
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.

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