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LIEFX - Laudus Mondrian Intl Equity Select

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Laudus Mondrian Intl Equity Select (LIEFX)
Expense Ratio: 1.12%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $32,939.23


The Laudus Mondrian Intl Equity Select fund (LIEFX) is a Foreign Large Value fund started on 6/17/2008 and has $104.80 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running Laudus Mondrian Intl Equity Select since 7/7/2008. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

iShares MSCI EAFE Value Index (EFV)
Expense Ratio: 0.40%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $12,680.81


The iShares MSCI EAFE Value Index (EFV) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Foreign Large Value investment strategy and is an alternative to a Foreign Large Value mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Laudus Mondrian Intl Equity Select because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Foreign Large Value Funds Have Lower Fees Than Laudus Mondrian Intl Equity Select (LIEFX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
AllianceBern Intl Val Adv ABIYX 52.0% 801 1.10%
AllianceBern Intl Val I AIVIX 52.0% 801 0.86%
Allianz NFJ International Value Instl ANJIX 48.0% 2,000 0.88%
American Beacon International Equity Fund Class Y ABEYX 33.0% 1,200 0.82%
American Beacon Intl Equity AMR AAIAX 33.0% 1,200 0.46%
American Beacon Intl Equity Instl AAIEX 33.0% 1,200 0.71%
American Beacon Intl Equity Instl AAITZ 33.0% 1,200 0.71%
American Beacon Intl Equity Inv AAIPX 33.0% 1,200 1.08%
AQR International Equity I AQIIX 60.0% 515 0.96%
BNY Mellon International M MPITX 57.4% 600 1.02%
Brandes Instl International Equity I BIIEX 5.0% 369 1.05%
Causeway International Value Instl CIVIX 39.0% 1,400 1.00%
DFA International Core Equity I DFIEX 3.0% 5,300 0.40%
DFA International Value I DFIVX 9.0% 4,800 0.45%
DFA International Value III DFVIX 9.0% 1,100 0.26%
DFA International Value R2 DFIPX 9.0% 4,800 0.71%
DFA Tax-Managed International Value DTMIX 16.0% 1,700 0.55%
Federated Intl Strategic Val Div Instl IVFIX 38.0% 142 0.80%
Federated Intl Strategic Val Dividend A IVFAX 38.0% 142 1.05%
Fidelity Advisor International Value I FIVQX 83.0% 129 0.98%
Fidelity International Value FIVLX 83.0% 129 1.04%
Goldman Sachs Intl Eq Div & Prem I GIDHX 51.0% 343 0.90%
Goldman Sachs Structured Intl Equity I GCIIX 101.0% 966 0.85%
Goldman Sachs Structured Intl T/M Eq I GHTMX 88.0% 134 0.86%
Laudus Mondrian Intl Equity Instl LIEIX 35.0% 105 1.05%
Lord Abbett Intl Dividend Inc I LAIDX 100.2% 1,300 0.77%
MainStay ICAP International I ICE1Z 62.0% 917 0.95%
MainStay ICAP International I ICEUX 62.0% 917 0.95%
MFS International Value I MINIX 24.0% 4,800 1.02%
MFS International Value R4 MINHX 24.0% 4,800 1.02%
Nuveen Tradewinds International Value I NGRRX 23.0% 793 1.07%
Oppenheimer International Value Y QIVYX 33.0% 595 0.85%
Schwab Fdmtl Intl Lg Co Idx SFNNX 35.0% 345 0.35%
SSgA International Stock Selection Instl SSAIX 77.0% 479 1.00%
T. Rowe Price Intl Gr & Inc TRIGX 26.3% 4,700 0.87%
T. Rowe Price Intl Gr & Inc Adv PAIGX 26.3% 4,700 1.07%
Templeton Foreign Adv TFFAX 35.0% 4,900 0.92%
Templeton Instl Foreign Eq Ser Primary TFEQX 9.9% 5,200 0.80%
Templeton Instl Foreign Eq Ser Service TFESX 9.9% 5,200 0.95%
Templeton Instl Foreign Eq Ser Service TFESZ 9.9% 5,200 0.95%
Vanguard International Value Inv VTRIX 39.0% 5,800 0.39%



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