MLPYX - SteelPath MLP Select 40 Y

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SteelPath MLP Select 40 Y (MLPYX)
Expense Ratio: 2.73%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $68,144.80

The SteelPath MLP Select 40 Y fund (MLPYX) is a Equity Energy fund started on 3/30/2010 and has $841.70 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running SteelPath MLP Select 40 Y since 4/22/2010. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE)
Expense Ratio: 0.19%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $6,157.84

The Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Equity Energy investment strategy and is an alternative to a Equity Energy mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like SteelPath MLP Select 40 Y because computers automatically manage the stocks.

The Following Equity Energy Funds Have Lower Fees Than SteelPath MLP Select 40 Y (MLPYX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
BlackRock All-Cap Engy & Res Inst BACIX 22.0% 600 0.94%
BlackRock All-Cap Engy & Res Investor A BACAX 22.0% 600 1.36%
BlackRock All-Cap Engy & Res Investor B BACBX 22.0% 600 2.11%
BlackRock All-Cap Engy & Res Investor C BACCX 22.0% 600 2.06%
BlackRock Energy & Resources Instl SGLSX 40.0% 953 0.94%
BlackRock Energy & Resources Inv A SSGRX 40.0% 953 1.29%
BlackRock Energy & Resources Inv A SSGSZ 40.0% 953 1.29%
BlackRock Energy & Resources Inv B SSGPX 40.0% 953 2.08%
BlackRock Energy & Resources Inv C SSGDX 40.0% 953 2.05%
Cushing MLP Premier A CSHAX 72.3% 400 2.33%
Cushing MLP Premier I CSHZX 72.3% 400 2.08%
Fidelity Advisor Energy A FANAX 91.0% 606 1.16%
Fidelity Advisor Energy A FANSZ 91.0% 606 1.16%
Fidelity Advisor Energy B FANRX 91.0% 606 1.93%
Fidelity Advisor Energy C FNRCX 91.0% 606 1.90%
Fidelity Advisor Energy I FANIX 91.0% 606 0.86%
Fidelity Advisor Energy T FAGNX 91.0% 606 1.37%
Guinness Atkinson Global Energy GAGEX 28.2% 114 1.27%
ICON Energy S ICENX 88.3% 536 1.20%
Ivy Energy Y IEYYX 20.0% 108 1.49%
SteelPath MLP Alpha I MLPOX 14.0% 639 2.00%
SteelPath MLP Income A MLPDX 24.0% 382 1.35%
SteelPath MLP Income I MLPZX 24.0% 382 1.10%
Vanguard Energy Adm VGELX 24.0% 10,900 0.28%
Vanguard Energy Index Adm VENAX 11.0% 1,900 0.19%
Vanguard Energy Inv VGENX 24.0% 10,900 0.34%

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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.