GSCAX - Goldman Sachs Commodity Strategy A

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Goldman Sachs Commodity Strategy A (GSCAX)
Expense Ratio: 0.96%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $28,705.89

The Goldman Sachs Commodity Strategy A fund (GSCAX) is a Commodities Broad Basket fund started on 03/30/2007 and has $1.20 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running Goldman Sachs Commodity Strategy A since 02/4/2010. 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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PowerShares DB Commodity Idx Trking Fund (DBC)
Expense Ratio: 0.87%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $26,259.18

The PowerShares DB Commodity Idx Trking Fund (DBC) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Commodities Broad Basket investment strategy and is an alternative to a Commodities Broad Basket mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Goldman Sachs Commodity Strategy A because computers automatically manage the stocks.

The Following Commodities Broad Basket Funds Have Lower Fees Than Goldman Sachs Commodity Strategy A (GSCAX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Credit Suisse Commodity Ret Strat Instl CRCTZ 165.0% 5,000 0.80%
Credit Suisse Commodity Ret Strat Instl CRSOX 165.0% 5,000 0.80%
Goldman Sachs Commodity Strategy Instl GCCIX 581.0% 1,200 0.62%
Harbor Commodity Real Return ST Instl HACMX 581.0% 320 0.94%
PIMCO CommoditiesPLUS Strategy Instl PCLIX 82.0% 4,100 0.74%
PIMCO Commodity Real Ret Strat Instl PCRIX 177.0% 19,300 0.74%
PIMCO Commodity Real Return Strat P PCRPX 177.0% 19,300 0.84%
Van Eck CM Commodity Index A CMCAX 0.0% 102 0.95%
Van Eck CM Commodity Index I COMIX 0.0% 102 0.65%
Van Eck CM Commodity Index Y CMCYX 0.0% 102 0.70%

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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.