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ICTUX - ICON Utilities S

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ICON Utilities S (ICTUX)
Expense Ratio: 1.51%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $42,658.47


The ICON Utilities S fund (ICTUX) is a Utilities fund started on 7/10/1997 and has $30.60 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running ICON Utilities S since 2/15/2011. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

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Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU)
Expense Ratio: 0.19%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $6,157.84


The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (XLU) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Utilities investment strategy and is an alternative to a Utilities mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like ICON Utilities S because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Utilities Funds Have Lower Fees Than ICON Utilities S (ICTUX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
American Century Utilities Inv BULIX 17.0% 295 0.69%
FBR Gas Utility Index Investor GASFX 17.0% 603 0.71%
Fidelity Advisor Utilities A FUGAX 201.0% 176 1.24%
Fidelity Advisor Utilities A FUGSZ 201.0% 176 1.24%
Fidelity Advisor Utilities I FUGIX 201.0% 176 0.98%
Fidelity Advisor Utilities T FAUFX 201.0% 176 1.50%
Fidelity Telecom and Utilities FIUIX 160.0% 919 0.75%
Franklin Utilities A FKUSZ 5.2% 4,100 0.76%
Franklin Utilities A FKUTX 5.2% 4,100 0.76%
Franklin Utilities Adv FRUAX 5.2% 4,100 0.61%
Franklin Utilities B FRUBX 5.2% 4,100 1.26%
Franklin Utilities R FRURX 5.2% 4,100 1.11%
Gabelli Utilities A GAUAX 22.0% 2,600 1.40%
Gabelli Utilities AAA GABUX 22.0% 2,600 1.43%
Gabelli Utilities I GAUIX 22.0% 2,600 1.15%
MFS Utilities A MMU1Z 51.0% 4,200 1.04%
MFS Utilities A MMUFX 51.0% 4,200 1.04%
MFS Utilities I MMUIX 51.0% 4,200 0.79%
MFS Utilities R3 MMUHX 51.0% 4,200 1.04%
MFS Utilities R4 MMUJX 51.0% 4,200 0.79%
Prudential Jennison Utility A PRUCZ 51.0% 2,700 0.89%
Prudential Jennison Utility Z PRUZX 51.0% 2,700 0.59%
Putnam Global Utilities A PUGIX 42.0% 211 1.28%
Putnam Global Utilities Fund Class Y PUTYX 42.0% 211 1.03%
Vanguard Utilities Index Adm VUIAX 6.0% 1,400 0.19%
Wells Fargo Advantage Utility & Telecommunications Fund Administrator Class EVUDX 36.0% 379 0.96%
Wells Fargo Advantage Utility&Telecom I EVUYX 36.0% 379 0.79%



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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.

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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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