PRSCX - T. Rowe Price Science & Tech

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T. Rowe Price Science & Tech (PRSCX)
Expense Ratio: 0.90%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $27,080.06

The T. Rowe Price Science & Tech fund (PRSCX) is a Technology fund started on 09/30/1987 and has $2.60 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running T. Rowe Price Science & Tech since 01/24/2009. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

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Vanguard Information Technology ETF (VGT)
Expense Ratio: 0.19%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $6,157.84

The Vanguard Information Technology ETF (VGT) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Technology investment strategy and is an alternative to a Technology mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like T. Rowe Price Science & Tech because computers automatically manage the stocks.

The Following Technology Funds Have Lower Fees Than T. Rowe Price Science & Tech (PRSCX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
DWS Technology Inst KTCIX 17.0% 653 0.67%
Fidelity Advisor Technology I FATIX 167.0% 721 0.87%
HighMark NYSE Arca Tech 100 Index Fiduciary Class PTSFX 11.0% 190 0.83%
Invesco Technology Institutional FTPIX 42.0% 697 0.89%
Janus Global Technology Fund Class I JATIX 89.0% 790 0.85%

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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.