Northern Small Cap Value (NOSGX)
Expense Ratio: 1.00%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $29,778.08
The Northern Small Cap Value fund (NOSGX) is a Small Value fund started on 3/31/1994 and has $1.60 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running Northern Small Cap Value since 8/22/2001. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.
Vanguard Small Cap Value ETF (VBR)
Expense Ratio: 0.10%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $3,271.86
The Vanguard Small Cap Value ETF (VBR) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Small Value investment strategy and is an alternative to a Small Value mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Northern Small Cap Value because computers automatically manage the stocks.
|Mutual Fund Name||Ticker Symbol||Turnover||Assets (M)||Annual Fees|
|Allianz NFJ Small Cap Value Fund Class P||ASVPX||26.0%||6,700||0.93%|
|American Beacon Small Cap Value Fund Class Y||ABSYX||59.0%||3,100||0.95%|
|American Beacon Small Cp Val AMR||AASVX||59.0%||3,100||0.57%|
|American Beacon Small Cp Val Inst||AVFIX||59.0%||3,100||0.83%|
|Bridgeway Omni Tax-Managed Small-Cap Value Fund Class N||BOTSX||7.0%||117||0.60%|
|DFA Tax-Managed US Targeted Value||DTMVX||21.0%||2,200||0.44%|
|DFA US Small Cap Value I||DFSVX||14.0%||6,600||0.52%|
|DFA US Targeted Value I||DFFVX||23.0%||2,700||0.38%|
|DFA US Targeted Value R1||DFTVX||23.0%||2,700||0.48%|
|DFA US Targeted Value R2||DFTPX||23.0%||2,700||0.63%|
|DWS Dreman Small Cap Value Instl||KDSIX||47.0%||2,000||0.89%|
|Franklin MicroCap Value Adv||FVRTZ||9.5%||337||0.93%|
|Franklin Small Cap Value Adv||FVADX||14.2%||1,600||0.92%|
|Goldman Sachs Structured Sm Cap Val I||GSITX||33.0%||129||0.86%|
|Heartland Value Inst||HNTVX||25.0%||1,100||0.91%|
|Heartland Value Plus Inst||HNVIX||11.0%||2,400||0.87%|
|Perkins Small Cap Value Fund Class I||JSCOX||64.0%||2,700||0.98%|
|Target Small Capitalization Value T||TASVX||44.0%||1,100||0.71%|
|Vanguard Small Cap Value Index Instl||VSIIX||30.0%||6,700||0.19%|
|Vanguard Small Cap Value Index Inv||VISVX||30.0%||6,700||0.35%|
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.