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MAPIX - Matthews Asia Dividend Investor

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Matthews Asia Dividend Investor (MAPIX)
Expense Ratio: 1.10%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $32,418.10


The Matthews Asia Dividend Investor fund (MAPIX) is a Diversified Pacific/Asia fund started on 10/31/2006 and has $2.60 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running Matthews Asia Dividend Investor since 11/21/2006. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

Vanguard Pacific Stock ETF (VPL)
Expense Ratio: 0.14%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $4,561.33


The Vanguard Pacific Stock ETF (VPL) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Diversified Pacific/Asia investment strategy and is an alternative to a Diversified Pacific/Asia mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Matthews Asia Dividend Investor because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Diversified Pacific/Asia Funds Have Lower Fees Than Matthews Asia Dividend Investor (MAPIX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
BlackRock Pacific Instl MAPCX 149.0% 277 0.93%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund Institutional Class MIPIX 16.5% 2,600 1.00%
Matthews Asia Growth Fund Institutional Class MIAPX 28.1% 354 1.03%
Vanguard Pacific Stock Index Instl VPKIX 4.0% 3,600 0.10%
Vanguard Pacific Stock Index Inv VPACX 4.0% 3,600 0.26%
Vanguard Pacific Stock Index Signal VPASX 4.0% 3,600 0.14%



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Why Are These Metrics Important?


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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