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LACAX - Columbia Acorn A

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Columbia Acorn A (LACAX)
Expense Ratio: 1.11%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $32,678.95


The Columbia Acorn A fund (LACAX) is a Mid-Cap Growth fund started on 10/13/2000 and has $16.80 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running Columbia Acorn A since 1/21/1996. The fund is rated by Morningstar. In addition to trading fees and broker commissions, this fund has 12b-1 fees of 0.25%

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

Vanguard Mid-Cap Growth ETF (VOT)
Expense Ratio: 0.10%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $3,271.86


The Vanguard Mid-Cap Growth ETF (VOT) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Mid-Cap Growth investment strategy and is an alternative to a Mid-Cap Growth mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Columbia Acorn A because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Mid-Cap Growth Funds Have Lower Fees Than Columbia Acorn A (LACAX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Alger Mid Cap Growth Portfolio Class I-2 AMGOX 245.4% 138 1.00%
Alger SMid Cap Growth Z ASMZX 64.8% 883 0.99%
AllianceBern S/M Cap Growth Adv CHCYX 90.0% 730 0.99%
AllianceBern S/M Cap Growth I CHCIX 90.0% 730 0.95%
Allianz RCM Mid-Cap Instl DRMCX 133.0% 330 0.78%
American Century Heritage Inst ATHIX 95.0% 3,800 0.81%
American Century Heritage Inv TWHIX 95.0% 3,800 1.01%
American Century Vista Instl TWVIX 90.0% 1,400 0.83%
American Century Vista Inv TWCVX 90.0% 1,400 1.03%
Artisan Mid Cap Fund Class Institutional APHMX 62.9% 6,200 1.06%
Baron Asset Fund Institutional Class BARIX 23.9% 2,200 1.06%
Baron Growth Fund Institutional Shares BGRIX 13.5% 5,900 1.06%
Baron Partners Fund Institutional Class BPTIX 17.0% 898 1.09%
BlackRock US Opportunities Instl BMCIX 120.0% 2,700 1.04%
BNY Mellon Mid Cap Stock M MPMCX 132.2% 1,200 0.90%
Brandywine BRW1Z 234.0% 1,100 1.09%
Brandywine BRWIX 234.0% 1,100 1.09%
Buffalo Mid Cap BUFMX 31.0% 671 1.04%
Champlain Mid Cap Fund Institutional Class CIPIX 33.0% 402 1.05%
Columbia Acorn Select Z AATTZ 21.0% 1,100 1.00%
Columbia Acorn Select Z ACT1Z 21.0% 1,100 1.00%
Columbia Acorn Select Z ACTWX 21.0% 1,100 1.00%
Columbia Acorn Z ACR1Z 18.0% 16,800 0.77%
Columbia Acorn Z ACRNX 18.0% 16,800 0.77%
Columbia Acorn Z ACRTZ 18.0% 16,800 0.77%
Columbia Mid Cap Growth Fund Class R5 CMGVX 138.0% 2,000 0.85%
Columbia Mid Cap Growth Z CLS1Z 138.0% 2,000 0.95%
Columbia Mid Cap Growth Z CLSPX 138.0% 2,000 0.95%
Delaware Smid Cap Growth Instl DFDIX 21.0% 1,300 1.02%
DF Dent Premier Growth DFDPX 21.0% 146 1.10%
Dreyfus/The Boston Co Sm/Md Cp Gr A DBMAX 180.8% 582 1.09%
Dreyfus/The Boston Co Sm/Md Cp Gr I SDSCX 180.8% 582 0.77%
DWS Mid Cap Growth Inst BTEAX 54.0% 325 1.00%
DWS Mid Cap Growth S SMCSX 54.0% 325 1.00%
Eagle Mid Cap Growth I HAGIX 91.0% 460 0.89%
Eagle Mid Cap Growth R5 HARSX 91.0% 460 0.91%
Eagle Mid Cap Stock I HMCJX 242.0% 739 0.79%
Eagle Mid Cap Stock R5 HMRSX 242.0% 739 0.85%
Eaton Vance Atlanta Capital SMID-Cap I EISMX 19.0% 2,400 1.00%
Fidelity Advisor Mid Cap Growth A FGCAX 160.0% 255 1.04%
Fidelity Advisor Mid Cap Growth I FGCOX 160.0% 255 0.68%
Fidelity Advisor Mid Cap II I FIIMX 80.0% 3,000 0.90%
Fidelity Advisor Stock Selector Mid Cp A FMQCZ 198.0% 1,700 0.94%
Fidelity Advisor Stock Selector Mid Cp I FMCCX 198.0% 1,700 0.64%
Fidelity Growth Strategies FDEGX 165.0% 1,700 0.79%
Fidelity Mid Cap Growth FSMGX 160.0% 255 0.79%
FPA Perennial FPPFX 5.0% 232 1.00%
Franklin Small-Mid Cap Growth A FRC1Z 44.4% 3,400 1.00%
Franklin Small-Mid Cap Growth A FRSGX 44.4% 3,400 1.00%
Franklin Small-Mid Cap Growth Adv FSGAX 44.4% 3,400 0.75%
Gabelli ABC Advisor GADVX 276.0% 521 0.87%
Goldman Sachs Growth Opportunities I GGOIX 71.0% 4,000 0.95%
Goldman Sachs Growth Opportunities IR GGOTX 71.0% 4,000 1.10%
Goldman Sachs Small/Mid Cap Growth I GSMYX 53.0% 794 0.95%
Goldman Sachs Small/Mid Cap Growth IR GTMTX 53.0% 794 1.10%
Harbor Mid Cap Growth Instl HAMGX 111.0% 611 0.86%
Hartford Midcap Fund Class I HFMIX 70.0% 3,000 0.92%
Hartford Midcap R5 HFMTX 70.0% 3,000 0.87%
Hartford Midcap Y HMDYX 70.0% 3,000 0.77%
ING Mid Cap Opportunities I NMCIX 70.0% 751 0.91%
Invesco Dynamics Fund Institutional Class IDICX 141.0% 822 0.72%
Invesco Dynamics Y IDYYX 141.0% 822 0.88%
IronBridge Frontegra SMID Instl IBSMX 54.0% 680 0.92%
Ivy Mid Cap Growth I IYMIX 29.0% 2,000 1.08%
Janus Enterprise Fund Class A JDMAX 15.0% 2,400 1.06%
Janus Enterprise Fund Class I JMGRX 15.0% 2,400 0.73%
Janus Enterprise T JAENX 15.0% 2,400 0.94%
LKCM Small-Mid Cap Equity Fund Institutional Class LKSMX 36.0% 132 1.01%
Loomis Sayles Mid Cap Growth Y LSAIX 204.0% 102 1.00%
Loomis Sayles Mid Cap Growth Y LSATZ 204.0% 102 1.00%
Lord Abbett Growth Opportunities I LMGYX 122.0% 613 1.06%
Meridian Growth MERDX 26.0% 2,500 0.81%
Meridian Value MVALX 38.0% 677 1.09%
Morgan Stanley Inst Mid Cap Growth I MPEGX 35.0% 6,300 0.70%
Morgan Stanley Inst Mid Cap Growth P MACGX 35.0% 6,300 0.95%
Morgan Stanley Mid Cap Growth A DGRAX 34.0% 312 0.97%
Munder Mid-Cap Core Growth Y MGOYX 65.0% 4,300 1.08%
Neuberger Berman Genesis Instl NBGIX 12.0% 11,400 0.85%
Neuberger Berman Genesis Inv NBGNX 12.0% 11,400 1.06%
Neuberger Berman Mid Cap Growth Inst NBMLX 49.0% 620 0.76%
Neuberger Berman Mid Cap Growth Inv NMANX 49.0% 620 1.03%
Neuberger Berman Mid Cap Growth Tr NBMTX 49.0% 620 1.08%
Nicholas NICSX 20.6% 1,600 0.89%
Nicholas II I NCTWX 27.9% 541 0.65%
Nicholas II N NNTWX 27.9% 541 0.99%
Nuveen Mid Cap Growth Opp I FISGX 114.0% 1,100 1.03%
Oppenheimer Small & Mid Cap Growth Y OEGYX 99.0% 274 1.01%
Pioneer Select Mid Cap Growth Y PMTYX 81.0% 462 0.71%
PRIMECAP Odyssey Aggressive Growth POAGX 11.3% 1,200 0.69%
Principal MidCap Blend A PEMGX 33.2% 2,700 1.08%
Principal MidCap Blend Inst PCBIX 33.2% 2,700 0.65%
Principal MidCap Blend R4 PMBSX 33.2% 2,700 1.01%
Principal MidCap Blend R5 PMBPX 33.2% 2,700 0.89%
Principal MidCap Growth III Inst PPIMX 107.8% 1,400 0.95%
Prudential Jennison Mid Cap Growth A PEEAX 45.0% 4,800 1.09%
Prudential Jennison Mid Cap Growth Fund, Inc Class Q PJGQX 45.0% 4,800 0.61%
Prudential Jennison Mid Cap Growth Z PEGZX 45.0% 4,800 0.79%
Rainier Mid Cap Equity I RAIMX 127.9% 843 1.05%
Rainier Small/Mid Cap Equity Instl RAISX 111.0% 2,300 0.99%
Royce Premier Instl RPFIX 18.0% 6,700 0.97%
Royce Premier Invmt RYP1Z 18.0% 6,700 1.09%
Royce Premier Invmt RYPRX 18.0% 6,700 1.09%
RS Select Growth Fund Class Y RSSYX 104.0% 177 1.04%
Schroder US Small & Mid Cap Opp Inv SMDIX 100.0% 208 1.08%
T. Rowe Price Instl Mid-Cap Equity Gr PMEGX 38.3% 2,800 0.63%
T. Rowe Price Mid-Cap Growth RPMGX 30.6% 17,500 0.80%
T. Rowe Price Mid-Cap Growth Adv PAMCX 30.6% 17,500 1.05%
TCM Small-Mid Cap Growth TCMMX 114.0% 276 0.95%
TIAA-CREF Mid-Cap Growth Instl TRPWX 81.0% 1,300 0.49%
TIAA-CREF Mid-Cap Growth Premier TRGPX 81.0% 1,300 0.64%
TIAA-CREF Mid-Cap Growth Retail TCMGX 81.0% 1,300 0.85%
TimesSquare Mid Cap Growth Instl TMDIX 60.0% 1,600 1.08%
Transamerica Growth Opportunities I TGPIX 125.0% 614 1.08%
Turner Midcap Growth Inst TMGEX 104.0% 708 0.93%
Value Line VLIFX 18.0% 116 1.04%
Vanguard Mid Cap Growth Inv VMGRX 127.0% 2,100 0.53%
Vanguard Mid-Cap Growth Index Inv VMGIX 41.0% 2,500 0.24%
Waddell & Reed New Concepts Y UNEYX 55.0% 1,400 1.04%
Wells Fargo Advantage Common Stock Fund Institutional Class SCNSX 41.0% 1,100 0.88%
Wells Fargo Advantage Discovery Instl WFDSX 111.0% 1,400 0.91%
Wells Fargo Advantage Enterprise I WFEIX 104.0% 636 0.85%
Westcore MIDCO Growth WTMGX 113.0% 121 1.02%
Westcore MIDCO Growth Institutional WIMGX 113.0% 121 0.88%
Westcore Select WTSLX 155.0% 514 1.02%
Westport I WPFIX 9.0% 493 1.03%
William Blair Mid Cap Growth I WCGIX 70.0% 295 1.10%
William Blair Small-Mid Cap Gr I WSMDX 76.0% 327 1.10%



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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.

Assets
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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