IRFIX - Cohen & Steers International Realty I

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Cohen & Steers International Realty I (IRFIX)
Expense Ratio: 1.32%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $38,027.28

The Cohen & Steers International Realty I fund (IRFIX) is a Global Real Estate fund started on 03/31/2005 and has $1.00 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running Cohen & Steers International Realty I since 04/23/2005. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

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SPDR DJ Wilshire Intl Real Estate (RWX)
Expense Ratio: 0.61%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $18,917.58

The SPDR DJ Wilshire Intl Real Estate (RWX) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Global Real Estate investment strategy and is an alternative to a Global Real Estate mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Cohen & Steers International Realty I because computers automatically manage the stocks.

The Following Global Real Estate Funds Have Lower Fees Than Cohen & Steers International Realty I (IRFIX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
AllianceBern Glbl Rel Est Invmt Adv ARSYX 71.0% 109 1.15%
AllianceBern Global Real Estate Instl ARIIX 66.0% 606 0.62%
Alpine Int Real Estate Equity Instl EGLRX 20.0% 275 1.28%
Cohen & Steers Global Realty I CSSPX 105.0% 380 1.24%
Cohen & Steers Instl Global Realty GRSIX 101.0% 534 1.00%
DFA International Real Estate Sec I DFITX 7.0% 1,200 0.42%
Dreyfus Global Real Estate Sec I DRLIX 80.4% 323 1.11%
DWS RREEF Global Real Estate Secs I RRGIX 113.0% 793 1.22%
E.I.I. Global Property Institutional EIIGX 18.0% 516 1.00%
E.I.I. International Property Instl EIIPX 10.0% 479 1.00%
Fidelity International Real Estate FIREX 131.0% 241 1.17%
Goldman Sachs Intl Real Estate Sec I GIRIX 67.0% 282 1.12%
ING Global Real Estate A IGL1Z 37.0% 3,800 1.31%
ING Global Real Estate A IGLAX 37.0% 3,800 1.31%
ING Global Real Estate I IGLIX 37.0% 3,800 0.99%
ING Global Real Estate W IRGWX 37.0% 3,800 1.06%
ING International Real Estate I IIRIX 66.0% 431 1.14%
ING International Real Estate W IIRWX 66.0% 431 1.22%
Invesco Global Real Estate Fund Institutional Class IGREX 54.0% 930 0.91%
Invesco Global Real Estate Y ARGYX 54.0% 930 1.18%
Morgan Stanley Inst Glbl Real Estate I MRLAX 28.0% 1,700 1.04%
Morgan Stanley Inst Glbl Real Estate P MRLBX 28.0% 1,700 1.29%
Morgan Stanley Inst Intl Real Estate I MSUAX 18.0% 158 1.00%
Morgan Stanley Inst Intl Real Estate P IERBX 18.0% 158 1.25%
Northern Global Real Estate Index NGREX 5.0% 832 0.50%
Northern Multi-Manager Glbl Real Estate NMMGX 64.2% 952 1.20%
Principal Global Real Estate Sec Inst POSIX 78.8% 938 0.95%
Prudential Global Real Estate A PURAX 20.0% 1,000 1.30%
Prudential Global Real Estate Z PURZX 20.0% 1,000 0.97%
Russell Global Real Estate Secs S RRESX 69.0% 1,500 1.11%
Russell Global Real Estate Secs S RRESZ 69.0% 1,500 1.11%
Schwab Global Real Estate SWASX 120.0% 192 1.05%
Third Avenue Real Estate Value Instl TAREX 32.0% 1,600 1.15%
Vanguard Global ex-US Rel Est Idx Signal VGRLX 7.0% 363 0.35%

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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.