PLRIX - PIMCO Long Duration Total Return Instl

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PIMCO Long Duration Total Return Instl (PLRIX)
Expense Ratio: 0.50%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $15,685.71

The PIMCO Long Duration Total Return Instl fund (PLRIX) is a Long-Term Bond fund started on 08/31/2006 and has $6.30 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running PIMCO Long Duration Total Return Instl since 08/21/2007. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

Vanguard Long-Term Bond ETF (BLV)
Expense Ratio: 0.11%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $3,595.26

The Vanguard Long-Term Bond ETF (BLV) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Long-Term Bond investment strategy and is an alternative to a Long-Term Bond mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like PIMCO Long Duration Total Return Instl because computers automatically manage the stocks.

The Following Long-Term Bond Funds Have Lower Fees Than PIMCO Long Duration Total Return Instl (PLRIX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Loomis Sayles Investment Grade F/I LSIGX 17.0% 598 0.49%
PIA BBB Bond PBBBX 58.0% 320 0.00%
Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index Inst VBLLX 45.0% 5,600 0.07%
Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index Inv VBLTX 45.0% 5,600 0.22%
Vanguard Long-Term Investment-Grade Adm VWETX 29.0% 12,000 0.12%
Vanguard Long-Term Investment-Grade Inv VWESX 29.0% 12,000 0.22%

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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.