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HIOMX - HighMark International Opportunities M

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HighMark International Opportunities M (HIOMX)
Expense Ratio: 1.12%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $32,939.23


The HighMark International Opportunities M fund (HIOMX) is a Foreign Large Blend fund started on 9/4/1979 and has $180.40 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running HighMark International Opportunities M since 4/8/2006. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

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iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA)
Expense Ratio: 0.34%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $10,846.80


The iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Foreign Large Blend investment strategy and is an alternative to a Foreign Large Blend mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like HighMark International Opportunities M because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Foreign Large Blend Funds Have Lower Fees Than HighMark International Opportunities M (HIOMX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Aberdeen International Equity Instl GIGIX 22.2% 750 1.10%
American Beacon Intl Eq Index Inst AIIIX 6.0% 316 0.24%
American Funds EuroPacific Gr A AEPGX 24.0% 89,800 0.84%
American Funds EuroPacific Gr F-1 AEGFX 24.0% 89,800 0.86%
American Funds EuroPacific Gr F-2 AEPFX 24.0% 89,800 0.58%
American Funds EuroPacific Gr R4 REREX 24.0% 89,800 0.85%
American Funds EuroPacific Gr R5 RERFX 24.0% 89,800 0.55%
American Funds EuroPacific Gr R6 RERGX 24.0% 89,800 0.50%
American Funds Intl Gr And Inc A IGG1Z 31.0% 4,700 0.89%
American Funds Intl Gr And Inc F-1 IGIFX 31.0% 4,700 0.94%
American Funds Intl Gr And Inc F-2 IGFFX 31.0% 4,700 0.71%
American Funds Intl Gr And Inc R4 RIGEX 31.0% 4,700 0.93%
American Funds Intl Gr And Inc R5 RIGFX 31.0% 4,700 0.67%
American Funds Intl Gr And Inc R6 RIGGX 31.0% 4,700 0.62%
Artio International Equity I JIEIX 41.0% 3,000 1.04%
Artio International Equity II I JETIX 51.0% 2,200 1.03%
Artisan International Fund Class Institutional APHIX 70.4% 8,500 0.99%
Artisan International Value Fund Class Institutional APHKX 30.9% 5,100 1.05%
BlackRock International Index Instl MAIIX 6.0% 222 0.35%
BlackRock International Index Inv A MDISZ 6.0% 222 0.60%
BlackRock International Instl MAILX 154.0% 665 1.01%
BNY Mellon Intl Appreciation Inv MARIX 9.4% 124 0.95%
Calvert International Equity I CWVIX 49.0% 282 1.09%
Columbia Multi-Advisor Intl Equity Z NIEQX 112.0% 1,100 1.07%
DFA International Sustainability Core 1 DFSPX 13.0% 118 0.57%
DFA Large Cap International I DFALX 3.0% 1,700 0.30%
DFA T.A. World ex US Core Equity Instl DFTWX 5.0% 1,100 0.48%
Dodge & Cox International Stock DOCTZ 16.0% 34,200 0.64%
Dodge & Cox International Stock DODFX 16.0% 34,200 0.64%
Dreyfus Diversified Intl I DFPIX 16.2% 471 1.07%
Dreyfus Intl Stock Index DIISX 6.1% 412 0.60%
Dreyfus/Newton International Equity I SNIEX 63.3% 423 1.05%
DWS EAFE Equity Index Inst BTAEX 6.0% 222 0.50%
DWS International Inst SUIIX 202.0% 683 0.80%
DWS International S SCI1Z 202.0% 683 0.92%
DWS International S SCINX 202.0% 683 0.92%
Fidelity Advisor Diversified Intl I FDVIX 48.0% 1,800 0.99%
Fidelity Advisor Intl Discovery I FIADX 75.0% 7,500 0.95%
Fidelity Advisor Overseas I FAOIX 44.0% 570 1.00%
Fidelity Diversified International FDIVX 45.0% 20,500 0.90%
Fidelity International Discovery FIGRX 75.0% 7,500 0.97%
Fidelity Overseas FOSFX 77.0% 1,700 0.73%
Fidelity Spartan International Index Inv FSIIX 9.0% 7,600 0.20%
Fidelity Spartan Intl Idx Advtg FSIVX 9.0% 7,600 0.12%
GE Instl International Equity Inv GIEIX 41.0% 2,000 0.56%
GE Instl International Equity Svc GIESX 41.0% 2,000 0.81%
Goldman Sachs Concentrated Intl Eq I GSIEX 135.0% 122 1.11%
Harbor International Adm HRINX 12.0% 31,400 1.03%
Harbor International Instl HAINX 12.0% 31,400 0.78%
Hartford Intl Opportunities I IHOIX 122.0% 485 0.97%
Hartford Intl Opportunities R5 IHOTX 122.0% 485 0.90%
Hartford Intl Opportunities Y HAOYX 122.0% 485 0.82%
Invesco International Allocation Instl INAIX 11.0% 165 1.10%
Ivy International Core Equity I ICEIX 88.0% 1,300 1.08%
Janus International Equity I JIIEX 77.0% 209 0.91%
Lazard International Equity Instl LZIEX 39.0% 101 1.03%
Lazard Intl Strategic Equity Instl LISIX 53.0% 624 0.88%
Legg Mason Batterymarch Intl Eq I LGIEX 58.0% 245 0.98%
Litman Gregory Masters Intl Instl MSILX 127.1% 1,300 1.11%
Lord Abbett Intl Core Equity I LICYX 62.0% 645 0.77%
Manning & Napier Overseas EXOSX 37.0% 1,600 0.75%
Manning & Napier World Opportunities A EXW1Z 52.0% 5,900 1.10%
Manning & Napier World Opportunities A EXWAX 52.0% 5,900 1.10%
McKee International Equity Instl MKIEX 10.0% 182 0.97%
MFS International Diversification Fund Class I MDIJX 6.0% 2,400 1.10%
MFS International Diversification Fund Class R4 MDITX 6.0% 2,400 1.10%
MFS Research International I MRSIX 43.0% 4,300 0.95%
MFS Research International R4 MRSJX 43.0% 4,300 0.95%
Morgan Stanley Inst Act Intl Allc I MSACX 26.0% 285 0.90%
Morgan Stanley Inst International Eq I MSIQX 34.0% 3,800 0.95%
Neuberger Berman International Inst I NBIIX 46.0% 395 0.85%
Neuberger Berman Intl Large Cap Instl NILIX 54.0% 184 0.90%
Northern International Equity NOIGX 37.7% 206 1.06%
Northern International Equity Index NOINX 30.6% 1,500 0.25%
Oakmark International I OAKIX 45.0% 7,500 1.06%
Oppenheimer International Diversified Y OIDYX 5.0% 1,800 1.07%
PIMCO International StocksPLUS TR Str I PISIX 896.0% 138 0.76%
PIMCO Intl StkPLUS TR Strat (Unhedged) A PPUTZ 778.0% 834 1.04%
PIMCO Intl StkPLUS TR Strat (Unhedged) D PPUDX 778.0% 834 1.04%
PIMCO Intl StkPLUS TR Strat (Unhedged) I PSKIX 778.0% 834 0.64%
PIMCO Intl StkPLUS TR Strat (Unhedged) P PPLPX 778.0% 834 0.74%
Praxis International Index I MPLIX 2.4% 106 0.86%
Principal Diversified Intl Inst PIIIX 75.7% 2,800 0.91%
RidgeWorth Intl Equity Index A SIIIX 31.0% 289 1.03%
RidgeWorth Intl Equity Index I SIEIX 31.0% 289 0.77%
Russell International Developed Mkts I RICSZ 74.0% 4,000 0.91%
Russell International Developed Mkts I RINSX 74.0% 4,000 0.91%
Russell International Developed Mkts S RINTX 74.0% 4,000 0.99%
Russell International Developed Mkts S RINTZ 74.0% 4,000 0.99%
Schwab International Index SWISX 10.0% 1,200 0.19%
Sentinel International Equity I SIIEX 28.0% 128 1.05%
Sextant International SSIFX 7.0% 167 0.88%
T. Rowe Price International Eq Index PIEQX 30.0% 330 0.50%
T. Rowe Price Overseas Stock TROSX 16.7% 4,100 0.88%
T. Rowe Price Spectrum International PSILX 8.2% 628 0.96%
TIAA-CREF Enh Intl Eq Idx Inst TFIIX 92.0% 614 0.53%
TIAA-CREF International Eq Idx Instl TCIEX 6.0% 2,800 0.09%
TIAA-CREF International Eq Instl TIIEX 107.0% 2,300 0.53%
TIAA-CREF International Eq Retail TIERX 107.0% 2,300 0.90%
Vanguard Developed Markets Index Instl VIDMX 5.0% 10,400 0.08%
Vanguard Developed Markets Index Inv VDMIX 5.0% 10,400 0.20%
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Index Inst VFWSX 6.0% 12,000 0.13%
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Index Inv VFWIX 6.0% 12,000 0.35%
Vanguard Tax-Managed Intl Adm VTMGX 5.0% 9,100 0.12%
Vanguard Tax-Managed Intl Instl VTMNX 5.0% 9,100 0.08%
Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund Institutional Shares VTSNX 3.0% 63,100 0.13%
Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund Signal Shares VTSGX 3.0% 63,100 0.18%
Vanguard Total Intl Stock Index Inv VGTSX 3.0% 63,100 0.22%
Wells Fargo Advantage International Equity Fund Administrator Class WFEDX 44.0% 313 1.10%
Wells Fargo Advantage Intl Equity A WFEAX 44.0% 313 1.10%
Wells Fargo Advantage Intl Equity I WFENX 44.0% 313 0.85%



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