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RAFGX - American Funds AMCAP R6

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American Funds AMCAP R6 (RAFGX)
Expense Ratio: 0.39%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $12,376.77


The American Funds AMCAP R6 fund (RAFGX) is a Large Growth fund started on 5/1/2009 and has $23.20 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running American Funds AMCAP R6 since 5/24/1996. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

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Vanguard Growth ETF (VUG)
Expense Ratio: 0.10%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $3,271.86


The Vanguard Growth ETF (VUG) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Large Growth investment strategy and is an alternative to a Large Growth mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like American Funds AMCAP R6 because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Large Growth Funds Have Lower Fees Than American Funds AMCAP R6 (RAFGX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
American Funds Growth Fund of Amer R5 RGAFX 34.0% 114,400 0.38%
American Funds Growth Fund of Amer R6 RGAGX 34.0% 114,400 0.33%
Calvert Social Index I CISIX 8.0% 131 0.21%
GE Instl Premier Growth Equity Inv GEIPX 26.0% 236 0.38%
GE Instl US Equity Inv GUSIX 44.0% 617 0.37%
TIAA-CREF Enh Lg Cp Gr Idx Inst TLIIX 121.0% 950 0.38%
TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Gr Idx Instl TILIX 24.0% 908 0.08%
Vanguard FTSE Social Index Instl VFTNX 11.0% 535 0.16%
Vanguard FTSE Social Index Inv VFTSX 11.0% 535 0.29%
Vanguard Growth Index Instl VIGIX 23.0% 23,400 0.08%
Vanguard Growth Index Inv VIGRX 23.0% 23,400 0.24%
Vanguard Growth Index Signal VIGSX 23.0% 23,400 0.10%
Vanguard Morgan Growth Adm VMRAX 55.0% 8,700 0.30%
Vanguard PRIMECAP Adm VPMAX 8.0% 27,700 0.36%
Vanguard Russell 1000 Growth Index Fund Institutional Shares VRGWX 30.0% 507 0.08%
Vanguard US Growth Adm VWUAX 89.0% 3,700 0.30%



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Why Are These Metrics Important?


Turnover
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.

Assets
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.

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