NOSIX - Northern Stock Index

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Northern Stock Index (NOSIX)
Expense Ratio: 0.10%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $3,271.86

The Northern Stock Index fund (NOSIX) is a Large Blend fund started on 10/7/1996 and has $3.10 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running Northern Stock Index since 11/24/2006. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

The Following Large Blend Funds Have Lower Fees Than Northern Stock Index (NOSIX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Fidelity Spartan 500 Index Advtg FUSVX 5.0% 44,000 0.06%
Fidelity Spartan Total Mkt Idx Advtg FSTVX 17.0% 12,200 0.07%
Schwab S&P 500 Index SWPPX 3.0% 11,700 0.09%
Schwab Total Stock Market Index SWTSX 1.0% 1,900 0.09%
TIAA-CREF Equity Index Instl TIEIX 11.0% 3,600 0.07%
TIAA-CREF S&P 500 Index Instl TISPX 14.0% 1,400 0.07%
Vanguard 500 Index Signal VIFSX 4.0% 107,600 0.05%
Vanguard Institutional Index Instl VINIX 5.0% 104,800 0.04%
Vanguard Institutional Index Instl Pl VIIIX 5.0% 104,800 0.02%
Vanguard Instl Ttl Stk Mkt Idx Instl VITNX 12.0% 19,400 0.05%
Vanguard Large Cap Index Instl VLISX 7.0% 5,500 0.08%
Vanguard Russell 1000 Index Instl VRNIX 20.0% 355 0.08%
Vanguard Russell 3000 Index Instl VRTTX 32.0% 130 0.09%
Vanguard Total Stock Market Idx Instl VITSX 5.0% 181,800 0.05%
Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx Signal VTSSX 5.0% 181,800 0.06%

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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.