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FCOMX - Forward Commodity Long/Short Strategy Fund Investor Class

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Forward Commodity Long/Short Strategy Fund Investor Class (FCOMX)
Expense Ratio: 1.89%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $51,357.09


The Forward Commodity Long/Short Strategy Fund Investor Class fund (FCOMX) is a Managed Futures fund started on 1/3/2011 and has $169.50 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running Forward Commodity Long/Short Strategy Fund Investor Class since 1/24/2011. 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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Wisdom Tree Managed Futures Strategy Fund (WDTI)
Expense Ratio: 0.95%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $28,436.39


The Wisdom Tree Managed Futures Strategy Fund (WDTI) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Managed Futures investment strategy and is an alternative to a Managed Futures mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Forward Commodity Long/Short Strategy Fund Investor Class because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Managed Futures Funds Have Lower Fees Than Forward Commodity Long/Short Strategy Fund Investor Class (FCOMX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
AQR Managed Futures Strategy I AQMIX 0.0% 1,700 1.35%
AQR Managed Futures Strategy N AQMNX 0.0% 1,700 1.60%
Arrow Managed Futures Strategy A MFTFX 66.0% 112 1.78%
Forward Commodity Long/Short Strategy Fund Institutional Class FCMLX 39.0% 170 1.54%
Guggenheim Managed Futures Strategy I RYIFX 72.0% 2,100 1.72%



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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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