TRRSX - TIAA-CREF Real Estate Sec Retire

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TIAA-CREF Real Estate Sec Retire (TRRSX)
Expense Ratio: 0.82%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $24,879.15

The TIAA-CREF Real Estate Sec Retire fund (TRRSX) is a Real Estate fund started on 10/1/2002 and has $1.10 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running TIAA-CREF Real Estate Sec Retire since 01/22/2006. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

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Vanguard REIT Index ETF (VNQ)
Expense Ratio: 0.10%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $3,271.86

The Vanguard REIT Index ETF (VNQ) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Real Estate investment strategy and is an alternative to a Real Estate mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like TIAA-CREF Real Estate Sec Retire because computers automatically manage the stocks.

The Following Real Estate Funds Have Lower Fees Than TIAA-CREF Real Estate Sec Retire (TRRSX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Cohen & Steers Instl Realty Shares CSRIX 92.0% 2,200 0.75%
Davis Real Estate Y DREYX 68.0% 249 0.79%
DFA Real Estate Securities I DFREX 3.0% 3,500 0.22%
DWS RREEF Real Estate Securities Inst RRRRX 107.0% 1,400 0.61%
DWS RREEF Real Estate Securities S RRREX 107.0% 1,400 0.74%
JPMorgan Realty Income Instl URTLX 141.0% 665 0.78%
PIMCO Real Estate Real Return Strategy I PRRSX 287.0% 2,700 0.74%
T. Rowe Price Real Estate TRREX 4.9% 3,500 0.78%
TIAA-CREF Real Estate Sec Instl TIREX 75.0% 1,100 0.57%
TIAA-CREF Real Estate Sec Premier TRRPX 75.0% 1,100 0.72%
Vanguard REIT Index Inst VGSNX 10.0% 24,300 0.08%
Vanguard REIT Index Inv VGSIX 10.0% 24,300 0.24%
Vanguard REIT Index Signal VGRSX 10.0% 24,300 0.10%

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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.