RWIEX - American Funds Capital World G/I R4

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American Funds Capital World G/I R4 (RWIEX)
Expense Ratio: 0.80%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $24,322.95

The American Funds Capital World G/I R4 fund (RWIEX) is a World Stock fund started on 06/27/2002 and has $64.90 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running American Funds Capital World G/I R4 since 04/19/1993. The fund is rated by Morningstar. In addition to trading fees and broker commissions, this fund has 12b-1 fees of 0.25%

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Vanguard Total World Stock Index ETF (VT)
Expense Ratio: 0.22%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $7,107.65

The Vanguard Total World Stock Index ETF (VT) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the World Stock investment strategy and is an alternative to a World Stock mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like American Funds Capital World G/I R4 because computers automatically manage the stocks.

The Following World Stock Funds Have Lower Fees Than American Funds Capital World G/I R4 (RWIEX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
American Funds Capital World G/I A CWGIX 27.0% 64,900 0.79%
American Funds Capital World G/I F-2 WGIFX 27.0% 64,900 0.54%
American Funds Capital World G/I R5 RWIFX 27.0% 64,900 0.50%
American Funds Capital World G/I R6 RWIGX 27.0% 64,900 0.45%
American Funds New Perspective A ANWPX 24.0% 39,800 0.77%
American Funds New Perspective F-2 ANWFX 24.0% 39,800 0.55%
American Funds New Perspective R5 RNPFX 24.0% 39,800 0.51%
American Funds New Perspective R6 RNPGX 24.0% 39,800 0.46%
American Funds SMALLCAP World R5 RSLFX 39.0% 18,400 0.77%
American Funds SMALLCAP World R6 RLLGX 39.0% 18,400 0.72%
Davis Global Y DGFYX 28.0% 121 0.76%
Dodge & Cox Global Stock DODWX 19.0% 1,900 0.66%
Janus Worldwide Fund Class I JWWFX 88.0% 1,800 0.77%
Steward Global Equity Income Inst SGISX 38.0% 115 0.70%
T. Rowe Price Instl Global Equity TRGSX 82.4% 143 0.75%
Vanguard Global Equity Inv VHGEX 44.0% 3,500 0.54%
Vanguard Total World Stock Index Fund Institutional Shares VTWIX 10.0% 1,700 0.20%
Vanguard Total World Stock Index Inv VTWSX 10.0% 1,700 0.40%

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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.