IFCAX - ING Greater China A

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ING Greater China A (IFCAX)
Expense Ratio: 2.10%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $55,857.30

The ING Greater China A fund (IFCAX) is a China Region fund started on 12/21/2005 and has $27.90 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running ING Greater China A since 5/27/2012. 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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iShares Trust FTSE China 25 Index Fund (FXI)
Expense Ratio: 0.72%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $22,073.95

The iShares Trust FTSE China 25 Index Fund (FXI) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the China Region investment strategy and is an alternative to a China Region mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like ING Greater China A because computers automatically manage the stocks.

The Following China Region Funds Have Lower Fees Than ING Greater China A (IFCAX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Columbia Greater China A NGCAX 36.0% 212 1.48%
Columbia Greater China A NGCTZ 36.0% 212 1.48%
Columbia Greater China Z LNGZX 36.0% 212 1.23%
Dreyfus Greater China A DPC1Z 91.4% 411 1.84%
Dreyfus Greater China A DPCAX 91.4% 411 1.84%
Dreyfus Greater China I DPCRX 91.4% 411 1.60%
Eaton Vance Greater China Growth A EVCGX 78.0% 142 1.95%
Eaton Vance Greater China Growth Fund Class I EICGX 78.0% 142 1.65%
Fidelity Advisor China Region A FHKAX 87.0% 1,300 1.37%
Fidelity Advisor China Region I FHKIX 87.0% 1,300 1.06%
Fidelity China Region FHKCX 87.0% 1,300 1.04%
Guinness Atkinson China & Hong Kong ICHKX 7.8% 152 1.53%
Matthews China Fund Institutional Class MICFX 8.4% 2,100 0.96%
Matthews China Investor MCHFX 8.4% 2,100 1.13%
Oberweis China Opportunities OBCHX 107.0% 119 2.08%
Templeton China World A TCWAX 5.6% 1,000 1.82%
Templeton China World A TCWSZ 5.6% 1,000 1.82%
Templeton China World Fund Class Advisor TACWX 5.6% 1,000 1.52%

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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.