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GCSAX - Goldman Sachs Structured Small Cap Eq A

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Goldman Sachs Structured Small Cap Eq A (GCSAX)
Expense Ratio: 1.26%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $36,524.18


The Goldman Sachs Structured Small Cap Eq A fund (GCSAX) is a Small Blend fund started on 8/15/1997 and has $176.10 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running Goldman Sachs Structured Small Cap Eq A since 10/14/2011. The fund is rated by Morningstar. In addition to trading fees and broker commissions, this fund has 12b-1 fees of 0.25%

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

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


The Vanguard Small Cap ETF (VB) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Small Blend investment strategy and is an alternative to a Small Blend mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Goldman Sachs Structured Small Cap Eq A because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Small Blend Funds Have Lower Fees Than Goldman Sachs Structured Small Cap Eq A (GCSAX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Aberdeen Small Cap I/S GSXIX 41.5% 148 1.15%
Aberdeen Small Cap Inst GSCIX 41.5% 148 1.15%
American Century Small Company A ASQAX 61.0% 237 1.15%
American Century Small Company Inst ASCQX 61.0% 237 0.70%
American Century Small Company Inv ASQIX 61.0% 237 0.90%
Artisan Small Cap Value Investor ARTVX 47.5% 2,700 1.20%
ASTON/River Road Select Value I ARIMX 48.2% 145 1.18%
BlackRock Value Opportunities Instl MASPX 52.0% 816 1.01%
Bridgeway Ultra-Small Company Market BRSIX 42.0% 287 0.88%
Calvert Small Cap I CSVIX 9.0% 119 0.92%
Cambiar Small Cap Instl CAMZX 85.0% 981 1.08%
Columbia Select Smaller Cap Value Fund Class R4 SSLRX 18.0% 368 1.23%
Columbia Small Cap Core Z SMCEX 33.0% 844 1.10%
Columbia Small Cap Index A NMSAX 20.0% 1,600 0.45%
Columbia Small Cap Index Fund Class B CIDBX 20.0% 1,600 1.20%
Columbia Small Cap index Fund Class R4 CIDUX 20.0% 1,600 0.45%
Columbia Small Cap Index Z NMSCX 20.0% 1,600 0.20%
CRM Small Cap Value Instl CRISX 115.0% 734 0.86%
CRM Small Cap Value Inv CRMSX 115.0% 734 1.09%
DFA Tax-Managed US Small Cap DFTSX 22.0% 1,200 0.53%
DFA US Micro Cap I DFSCX 14.0% 3,300 0.52%
DFA US Small Cap I DFSTX 23.0% 4,000 0.37%
Dreyfus Opportunistic Small Cap DSCVX 91.0% 581 1.16%
Dreyfus Small Cap Stock Index DISSX 22.3% 1,100 0.50%
Dreyfus/The Boston Co Sm Cp Val I STSVX 66.5% 424 0.96%
Fidelity Advisor Small Cap I FSCIX 38.0% 4,100 1.01%
Fidelity Advisor Stock Selector Sm Cp A FCDAX 73.0% 1,400 1.15%
Fidelity Small Cap Discovery FSCRX 11.0% 2,700 1.08%
Fidelity Small Cap Enhanced Index FCPEX 79.0% 116 0.76%
Fidelity Stock Selector Sm Cp FDSCX 73.0% 1,400 0.85%
Frontegra Netols Small Cap Value Instl FNSVX 33.0% 147 1.10%
Gabelli Small Cap Growth I GACIX 14.0% 2,100 1.17%
GAMCO Westwood Mighty Mites I WEIMX 20.0% 552 1.23%
Glenmede Small Cap Equity Adv GTCSX 78.0% 322 0.94%
Goldman Sachs Structured Small Cap Eq I GCSIX 33.0% 176 0.86%
Harbor Small Cap Value Adm HSVRX 12.0% 503 1.11%
Harbor Small Cap Value Instl HASCX 12.0% 503 0.86%
Harbor Small Cap Value Inv HISVX 12.0% 503 1.23%
Hennessy Cornerstone Growth Inst HICGX 106.0% 224 0.98%
Hodges Small Cap Instl HDSIX 88.0% 162 1.16%
Homestead Small Company Stock HSCSX 2.0% 267 1.08%
ICM Small Company ICSCX 30.0% 1,100 0.92%
ING Small Company I AESGX 68.0% 344 1.05%
Invesco Small Cap Equity Institutional SMEIX 42.0% 766 0.85%
Invesco Small Cap Equity Y SMEYX 42.0% 766 1.10%
Invesco Small Companies Inst ATIIX 38.0% 1,200 0.87%
Invesco Small Companies Y ATIYX 38.0% 1,200 1.03%
JHancock Small Cap Intrinsic Value I JHIIX 95.0% 329 1.11%
JHancock3 Small Company I JCSIX 133.0% 179 1.04%
JPMorgan Small Cap Core Select VSSCX 38.0% 391 0.80%
Keeley Small Cap Value I KSCIX 19.0% 2,600 1.10%
Lazard US Small-Mid Cap Equity Instl LZSCX 110.0% 204 0.90%
Lazard US Small-Mid Cap Equity Open LZCOX 110.0% 204 1.21%
Legg Mason Batterymarch US Sm Cap Eq A LMB1Z 49.0% 539 1.23%
Legg Mason Batterymarch US Sm Cap Eq A LMBAX 49.0% 539 1.23%
Legg Mason Batterymarch US Sm Cap Eq I LMSIX 49.0% 539 0.94%
Legg Mason ClearBridge Small Cap Val I SMCYX 21.0% 217 0.94%
Loomis Sayles Small Cap Value Instl LSS1Z 42.0% 947 0.99%
Loomis Sayles Small Cap Value Instl LSSCX 42.0% 947 0.99%
Loomis Sayles Small Cap Value Retail LCS1Z 42.0% 947 1.24%
Loomis Sayles Small Cap Value Retail LSCRX 42.0% 947 1.24%
Lord Abbett Small Cap Value A LRSCX 42.0% 3,500 1.23%
Lord Abbett Small Cap Value A LSVTZ 42.0% 3,500 1.23%
Lord Abbett Small Cap Value I LRSYX 42.0% 3,500 0.93%
MainStay US Small Cap I MOPIX 45.0% 364 1.10%
MainStay US Small Cap I MOPSZ 45.0% 364 1.10%
Manning & Napier Small Cap A MNSMX 75.0% 191 1.12%
Manning & Napier Small Cap A MNSSZ 75.0% 191 1.12%
Nationwide Small Cap Index A GMRAX 24.2% 483 0.67%
Neuberger Berman Intrinsic Value Fund Institutional Class NINLX 44.0% 142 1.00%
Northern Small Cap Index NSIDX 16.5% 476 0.15%
Oppenheimer Main Street Sm & Mid Cap A OPMSX 86.0% 3,100 1.24%
Oppenheimer Main Street Sm & Mid Cap Y OPMYX 86.0% 3,100 0.83%
Parnassus Small-Cap PARSX 39.5% 608 1.20%
Perritt Micro Cap Opportunities PRCGX 25.4% 324 1.23%
PIMCO Small Cap StocksPLUS TR A PCKTZ 666.0% 329 1.09%
PIMCO Small Cap StocksPLUS TR D PCKDX 666.0% 329 1.09%
PIMCO Small Cap StocksPLUS TR Inst PSCSX 666.0% 329 0.69%
Principal SmallCap Blend Inst PSLIX 76.1% 356 0.82%
Principal SmallCap S&P 600 Index Inst PSSIX 19.1% 496 0.30%
Principal SmallCap S&P 600 Index R5 PSSPX 19.1% 496 0.44%
Putnam Capital Opportunities Y PYCOX 23.0% 322 1.03%
RBC Enterprise S TETSX 27.0% 101 1.09%
RBC Enterprise S TETSZ 27.0% 101 1.09%
RidgeWorth Small Cap Value Equity I SCETX 46.0% 1,400 1.21%
Royce Dividend Value Invmt RDVIX 14.0% 322 1.22%
Royce Low Priced Stock Instl RLPIX 22.0% 3,500 1.19%
Royce Pennsylvania Mutual Invmt PENNX 20.0% 5,700 0.91%
Royce Pennsylvania Mutual Svc RYPFX 20.0% 5,700 1.20%
Royce Special Equity Instl RSEIX 23.0% 2,700 1.03%
Royce Special Equity Invmt RYS1Z 23.0% 2,700 1.15%
Royce Special Equity Invmt RYSEX 23.0% 2,700 1.15%
Royce Total Return Instl RTRIX 21.0% 4,400 1.03%
Royce Total Return Invmt RYTRX 21.0% 4,400 1.15%
RS Partners Y RSPYX 40.0% 1,700 1.21%
Russell US Small Cap Equity A RLACX 111.0% 1,400 1.25%
Russell US Small Cap Equity E REBEX 111.0% 1,400 1.21%
Russell US Small Cap Equity I REBSX 111.0% 1,400 0.92%
Russell US Small Cap Equity I REBSZ 111.0% 1,400 0.92%
Russell US Small Cap Equity S RLESX 111.0% 1,400 1.00%
Russell US Small Cap Equity S RLESZ 111.0% 1,400 1.00%
SA US Small Company SAUMX 16.0% 238 1.20%
Schwab Fdmtl US Sm Mid Co Idx SFSNX 35.0% 594 0.35%
Schwab Small Cap Index SWSSX 26.0% 1,500 0.17%
Schwab Small-Cap Equity SWSCX 72.0% 368 1.12%
SouthernSun Small Cap Fund Institutional Class SSSIX 38.0% 327 1.10%
Stratton Small-Cap Value STSCX 15.6% 775 1.20%
T. Rowe Price Small-Cap Stock OTCFX 23.7% 6,800 0.92%
T. Rowe Price Small-Cap Stock Adv PASSX 23.7% 6,800 1.16%
T. Rowe Price Small-Cap Value PRSVX 5.5% 7,000 0.97%
T. Rowe Price Small-Cap Value Adv PASVX 5.5% 7,000 1.23%
Third Avenue Small Cap Value Instl TASCX 34.0% 679 1.15%
TIAA-CREF Small-Cap Blend Idx Inst TISBX 25.0% 802 0.15%
TIAA-CREF Small-Cap Equity Instl TISEX 100.0% 1,500 0.53%
TIAA-CREF Small-Cap Equity Retail TCSEX 100.0% 1,500 0.92%
Touchstone Small Cap Core Class Y TSFYX 37.0% 345 1.09%
Touchstone Small Cap Core Institutional Class TSFIX 37.0% 345 0.94%
Transamerica Small/Mid Cap Value I TSVIX 174.0% 638 1.00%
Vanguard Small Cap Index Instl VSCIX 17.0% 24,400 0.14%
Vanguard Small Cap Index Inv NAESX 17.0% 24,400 0.30%
Vanguard Small Cap Index Signal VSISX 17.0% 24,400 0.16%
Vanguard Strategic Small-Cap Equity Inv VSTCX 64.0% 240 0.43%
Vanguard Tax-Managed Small Cap Adm VTMSX 40.0% 2,100 0.13%
Vanguard Tax-Managed Small Cap Instl VTSIX 40.0% 2,100 0.09%
Wells Fargo Advantage Sm/Md Cap Val Adm WWMDX 34.0% 216 1.16%
Wells Fargo Advantage Small Cap Value Fund Administrator Class SMVDX 17.0% 3,400 1.12%
Wells Fargo Advantage Small Cp Val Instl WFSVX 17.0% 3,400 0.91%



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Why Are These Metrics Important?


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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