SASPX - Wells Fargo Advantage Asia Pacific Inv

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Wells Fargo Advantage Asia Pacific Inv (SASPX)
Expense Ratio: 1.67%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $46,410.64

The Wells Fargo Advantage Asia Pacific Inv fund (SASPX) is a Diversified Pacific/Asia fund started on 12/31/1993 and has $169.50 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running Wells Fargo Advantage Asia Pacific Inv since 01/21/1994. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

Vanguard Pacific Stock ETF (VPL)
Expense Ratio: 0.14%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $4,561.33

The Vanguard Pacific Stock ETF (VPL) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Diversified Pacific/Asia investment strategy and is an alternative to a Diversified Pacific/Asia mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Wells Fargo Advantage Asia Pacific Inv because computers automatically manage the stocks.

The Following Diversified Pacific/Asia Funds Have Lower Fees Than Wells Fargo Advantage Asia Pacific Inv (SASPX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
BlackRock Pacific Instl MAPCX 149.0% 277 0.93%
BlackRock Pacific Inv A MDPCX 149.0% 277 1.18%
BlackRock Pacific Inv A MDPSZ 149.0% 277 1.18%
Columbia Pacific/Asia Z USPAX 94.0% 271 1.52%
Fidelity Pacific Basin FPBFX 59.0% 567 1.14%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund Institutional Class MIPIX 16.5% 2,600 1.00%
Matthews Asia Dividend Investor MAPIX 16.5% 2,600 1.10%
Matthews Asia Growth Fund Institutional Class MIAPX 28.1% 354 1.03%
Matthews Asia Growth Investor MPACX 28.1% 354 1.18%
Vanguard Pacific Stock Index Instl VPKIX 4.0% 3,600 0.10%
Vanguard Pacific Stock Index Inv VPACX 4.0% 3,600 0.26%
Vanguard Pacific Stock Index Signal VPASX 4.0% 3,600 0.14%

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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.