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SOPVX - Wells Fargo Advantage Opportunity A

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Wells Fargo Advantage Opportunity A (SOPVX)
Expense Ratio: 1.26%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $36,524.18


The Wells Fargo Advantage Opportunity A fund (SOPVX) is a Mid-Cap Blend fund started on 2/24/2000 and has $1.80 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running Wells Fargo Advantage Opportunity A since 10/23/2001. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

Vanguard Extended Market Index ETF (VXF)
Expense Ratio: 0.10%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $3,271.86


The Vanguard Extended Market Index ETF (VXF) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Mid-Cap Blend investment strategy and is an alternative to a Mid-Cap Blend mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Wells Fargo Advantage Opportunity A because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Mid-Cap Blend Funds Have Lower Fees Than Wells Fargo Advantage Opportunity A (SOPVX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Ariel Appreciation Investor CAAPX 26.0% 1,200 1.15%
Ariel Appreciation Investor CAPTZ 26.0% 1,200 1.15%
Ariel Investor ARGFX 29.0% 1,400 1.04%
Ariel Investor ARGTZ 29.0% 1,400 1.04%
ASTON/Fairpointe Mid Cap I ABMIX 11.2% 2,700 0.89%
ASTON/Fairpointe Mid Cap N CHTTX 11.2% 2,700 1.14%
Columbia Mid Cap Index A NTIAX 15.0% 2,000 0.45%
Columbia Mid Cap Index Z NMPAX 15.0% 2,000 0.20%
Columbia Recovery and Infrastructure Fund Class A RRIAX 17.0% 712 1.15%
Columbia Recovery and Infrastructure Fund Class R4 RRIYX 17.0% 712 1.06%
Columbia Recovery and Infrastructure Fund Class R5 RRIZX 17.0% 712 0.81%
CRM Mid Cap Value Instl CRIMX 116.0% 3,200 0.81%
CRM Mid Cap Value Inv CRMMX 116.0% 3,200 1.02%
CRM Small/Mid Cap Value Inst CRIAX 97.0% 781 0.87%
CRM Small/Mid Cap Value Inv CRMAX 97.0% 781 1.09%
DFA T.A. US Core Equity 2 Instl DFTCX 6.0% 2,600 0.24%
DFA US Core Equity 2 I DFQTX 9.0% 6,200 0.22%
DFA US Social Core Equity 2 DFUEX 12.0% 195 0.35%
Dreyfus Active MidCap A DNLDX 83.5% 354 1.24%
Dreyfus Active MidCap A DNLSZ 83.5% 354 1.24%
Dreyfus Active MidCap I DNLRX 83.5% 354 1.19%
Dreyfus MidCap Index PESPX 19.4% 2,400 0.50%
Dreyfus Opportunistic Midcap Value A DMCVX 114.0% 1,100 1.17%
Dreyfus Opportunistic Midcap Value I DVLIX 114.0% 1,100 0.96%
Dreyfus Small Cap Equity I DSERX 77.0% 114 1.16%
Federated Mid-Cap Index Svc FMDCX 8.0% 949 0.55%
Fidelity Advisor Leveraged Co Stk A FLCCZ 18.0% 2,900 1.13%
Fidelity Advisor Leveraged Co Stk I FLVIX 18.0% 2,900 0.85%
Fidelity Advisor Value Strategies A FSOAX 34.0% 916 1.18%
Fidelity Advisor Value Strategies I FASOX 34.0% 916 0.86%
Fidelity Leveraged Company Stock FLVCX 18.0% 3,600 0.85%
Fidelity Low-Priced Stock FLPSX 15.0% 32,500 0.83%
Fidelity Small Cap Stock FSLCX 47.0% 2,900 1.13%
Fidelity Spartan Extended Mkt Index Inv FSEMX 11.0% 6,300 0.10%
Fidelity Spartan Extnd Mkt Idx Advtg FSEVX 11.0% 6,300 0.07%
Fidelity Value Strategies FSLSX 34.0% 916 0.88%
FMI Common Stock FMIMX 26.0% 1,100 1.21%
Gabelli Entpr Mergers & Acquisitions Y EMAYX 232.0% 212 1.20%
Hennessy Focus 30 Inst HIFTX 107.0% 151 0.98%
ING Index Plus MidCap A AIM1Z 140.0% 114 0.99%
ING Index Plus MidCap A AIMAX 140.0% 114 0.99%
Invesco Mid Cap Core Equity A GTAGX 57.0% 2,400 1.19%
Invesco Mid Cap Core Equity I GTAVX 57.0% 2,400 0.82%
Invesco Mid Cap Core Equity Y GTAYX 57.0% 2,400 0.94%
JPMorgan Intrepid Mid Cap A PECAX 47.0% 415 1.24%
JPMorgan Intrepid Mid Cap Select WOOPX 47.0% 415 0.99%
JPMorgan Market Expansion Index A OMEAX 78.0% 1,100 0.82%
JPMorgan Market Expansion Index A OMESZ 78.0% 1,100 0.82%
JPMorgan Market Expansion Index R2 JMEZX 78.0% 1,100 1.07%
JPMorgan Market Expansion Index Select PGMIX 78.0% 1,100 0.57%
Keeley Small-Mid Cap Value I KSMIX 78.4% 162 1.14%
Legg Mason Cap Mgmt Special Inv I LMNSX 57.0% 719 0.80%
Legg Mason ClearBridge Mid Cap Core A SBMCZ 86.0% 1,000 1.23%
Legg Mason ClearBridge Mid Cap Core I SMBYX 86.0% 1,000 0.86%
Longleaf Partners Small-Cap LLSCX 37.3% 3,100 0.92%
Lord Abbett Mid Cap Stock A LAVLX 47.8% 2,200 1.14%
Lord Abbett Mid Cap Stock A LAVSZ 47.8% 2,200 1.14%
Lord Abbett Mid Cap Stock I LMCYX 47.8% 2,200 0.79%
Lord Abbett Mid Cap Stock P LMCPX 47.8% 2,200 1.24%
Lord Abbett Value Opportunities I LVOYX 66.0% 2,100 0.96%
Nationwide Mid Cap Market Index A GMXAX 23.6% 887 0.69%
Northern Mid Cap Index NOMIX 12.1% 628 0.15%
Northern Multi-Manager Mid Cap NMMCX 54.5% 925 1.10%
Nuveen Mid Cap Index A FDXAX 23.0% 349 0.76%
Nuveen Mid Cap Index I FIMEX 23.0% 349 0.51%
Nuveen Mid Cap Index R3 FMCYX 23.0% 349 1.01%
Oppenheimer Small & Mid Cap Value A QVS1Z 89.0% 1,500 1.24%
Oppenheimer Small & Mid Cap Value A QVSCX 89.0% 1,500 1.24%
Oppenheimer Small & Mid Cap Value A QVSTZ 89.0% 1,500 1.24%
Oppenheimer Small & Mid Cap Value Y QSCYX 89.0% 1,500 1.00%
Osterweis OSTFX 31.0% 984 1.01%
Principal MidCap S&P 400 Index Inst MPSIX 15.8% 507 0.27%
Principal MidCap S&P 400 Index R3 PMFMX 15.8% 507 0.74%
Principal MidCap S&P 400 Index R5 PMFPX 15.8% 507 0.43%
Royce Value Instl RVFIX 35.0% 1,400 1.04%
Royce Value Invmt RVVHX 35.0% 1,400 1.17%
RS Value Y RSVYX 40.0% 1,300 1.05%
Scout Mid Cap UMBMX 195.0% 1,200 1.04%
Shelton S&P Midcap Index Direct SPMIX 16.0% 125 0.58%
T. Rowe Price Extended Equity Market Idx PEXMX 18.9% 382 0.42%
TCW Value Opportunities I TGVOX 89.7% 126 0.99%
Vanguard Extended Market Idx Instl VIEIX 14.0% 21,300 0.12%
Vanguard Extended Market Idx Inv VEXMX 14.0% 21,300 0.28%
Vanguard Extended Market Idx Signal VEMSX 14.0% 21,300 0.14%
Vanguard Mid Cap Index Ins VMCIX 22.0% 28,600 0.08%
Vanguard Mid Cap Index Inv VIMSX 22.0% 28,600 0.24%
Vanguard Mid Cap Index Signal VMISX 22.0% 28,600 0.10%
Vanguard S&P Mid-Cap 400 Index Fund Institutional Shares VSPMX 26.0% 112 0.10%
Vanguard Strategic Equity Inv VSEQX 73.0% 3,100 0.33%
Victory Special Value I VSPIX 93.0% 472 0.92%
Weitz Partners Value WPVLX 31.0% 668 1.21%
Wells Fargo Advantage Opportunity Adm WOFDX 31.0% 1,800 1.01%
Wells Fargo Advantage Spec Md Cp Val Adm WFMDX 78.0% 500 1.14%
Westwood SMidCap Institutional WHGMX 62.0% 380 0.97%



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