DIPAX - Delaware Inflation Protected Bond A

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Delaware Inflation Protected Bond A (DIPAX)
Expense Ratio: 0.82%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $24,879.15

The Delaware Inflation Protected Bond A fund (DIPAX) is a Inflation-Protected Bond fund started on 12/1/2004 and has $503.20 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running Delaware Inflation Protected Bond A 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 0.25%

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iShares Barclays TIPS Bond (TIP)
Expense Ratio: 0.20%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $6,475.12

The iShares Barclays TIPS Bond (TIP) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Inflation-Protected Bond investment strategy and is an alternative to a Inflation-Protected Bond mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Delaware Inflation Protected Bond A because computers automatically manage the stocks.

The Following Inflation-Protected Bond Funds Have Lower Fees Than Delaware Inflation Protected Bond A (DIPAX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
AllianceBern Bond Inflation Strategy A ABNAX 38.0% 212 0.75%
AllianceBern Bond Inflation Strategy Adv ABNYX 38.0% 212 0.45%
American Beacon Treas Infl Prot Sec I ATPIX 381.0% 327 0.26%
American Beacon Treasury Inflation Protected Securities Fund Class Y ACUYX 381.0% 327 0.61%
American Beacon Treasury Inflation Protected Securities Fund Investor Class ABTPX 381.0% 327 0.69%
American Century Infl Adj Bond A AIAVX 26.0% 5,300 0.73%
American Century Infl-Adj Bond Instl AIANX 26.0% 5,300 0.28%
American Century Infl-Adj Bond Inv ACITX 26.0% 5,300 0.48%
American Century Inflation Prot Bd A APOAX 85.0% 649 0.75%
American Century Inflation Prot Bd Instl APISX 85.0% 649 0.30%
American Century Inflation Prot Bd Inv APOIX 85.0% 649 0.50%
BlackRock Inflation Protected Bond Instl BPRIX 131.0% 4,900 0.45%
BlackRock Inflation Protected Bond Svc BPRSX 131.0% 4,900 0.76%
BlackRock Inflation Prted Bd BlackRock BPLBX 131.0% 4,900 0.33%
Columbia Inflation Protected Securities Fund Class R4 CISRX 99.0% 497 0.70%
Delaware Inflation Protected Bond Inst DIPIX 157.0% 503 0.57%
DFA Inflation-Protected Securities I DIPSX 18.0% 2,200 0.13%
Dreyfus Inflation-Adjusted Sec Instl DIASX 138.5% 357 0.40%
Dreyfus Inflation-Adjusted Sec Inv DIAVX 138.5% 357 0.73%
DWS Global Inflation Instl TIPIX 118.0% 240 0.63%
Fidelity Advisor Infl-Prot Bond I FIPIX 24.0% 3,800 0.54%
Fidelity Inflation-Protected Bond FINPX 24.0% 3,800 0.45%
Franklin Real Return Adv FARRX 37.6% 573 0.66%
Goldman Sachs Infl Protected Secs Instl GSIPX 194.0% 310 0.28%
Goldman Sachs Inflation Protected Secs A GSAPX 194.0% 310 0.62%
Harbor Real Return Instl HARRX 340.0% 505 0.60%
Hartford Inflation Plus I HIPIX 232.0% 2,400 0.60%
Hartford Inflation Plus R5 HIPTX 232.0% 2,400 0.60%
Hartford Inflation Plus Y HIPYX 232.0% 2,400 0.51%
JPMorgan Real Return A RRNAX 86.0% 170 0.75%
JPMorgan Real Return Instl RRNNX 86.0% 170 0.50%
JPMorgan Real Return Sel RRNSX 86.0% 170 0.60%
Lord Abbett Inflation Focused Fund Class A LIFAX 83.7% 278 0.75%
Lord Abbett Inflation Focused Fund Class I LIFIX 83.7% 278 0.55%
MFS Inflation Adjusted Bond A MIAAX 35.0% 780 0.80%
MFS Inflation Adjusted Bond A MIACZ 35.0% 780 0.80%
Nuveen Inflation Protected Securities I FYIPX 45.0% 351 0.61%
PIMCO Real Return Admin PARRX 129.0% 23,800 0.70%
PIMCO Real Return Asset Fund Class P PRTPX 239.0% 1,100 0.65%
PIMCO Real Return Asset Instl PRAIX 239.0% 1,100 0.55%
PIMCO Real Return Instl PRRIX 129.0% 23,800 0.45%
PIMCO Real Return P PRLPX 129.0% 23,800 0.55%
Schwab Treasury Inflation Protected Secs SWRSX 37.0% 362 0.29%
T. Rowe Price Inflation Protected Bd PRIPX 18.0% 549 0.53%
TIAA-CREF Inflation Link Bd Instl TIILX 13.0% 1,700 0.29%
TIAA-CREF Inflation Link Bd Retail TCILX 13.0% 1,700 0.47%
Vanguard Inflation-Protected Secs Adm VAIPX 28.0% 42,800 0.11%
Vanguard Inflation-Protected Secs Instl VIPIX 28.0% 42,800 0.07%
Vanguard Inflation-Protected Secs Inv VIPSX 28.0% 42,800 0.20%
Western Asset Inflation Idxd Plus Bd I WAIIX 50.0% 587 0.33%

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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.