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WBLNX - William Blair Low Duration N

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William Blair Low Duration N (WBLNX)
Expense Ratio: 0.70%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $21,505.61


The William Blair Low Duration N fund (WBLNX) is a Ultrashort Bond fund started on 12/1/2009 and has $180.40 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running William Blair Low Duration N since 12/22/2009. The fund is rated by Morningstar. In addition to trading fees and broker commissions, this fund has 12b-1 fees of 0.15%

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SPDR Barclays Capital 1-3 Month T-Bill (BIL)
Expense Ratio: 0.15%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $4,881.99


The SPDR Barclays Capital 1-3 Month T-Bill (BIL) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Ultrashort Bond investment strategy and is an alternative to a Ultrashort Bond mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like William Blair Low Duration N because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Ultrashort Bond Funds Have Lower Fees Than William Blair Low Duration N (WBLNX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Calvert Ultra-Short Income Fund Class Y CULYX 208.0% 411 0.67%
DFA One-Year Fixed-Income I DFIHX 78.0% 7,500 0.17%
Federated Gov Ultrashort Duration Instl FGUSX 26.0% 843 0.25%
Federated Gov Ultrashort Duration InSvc FEUSX 26.0% 843 0.35%
Federated Ultrashort Bond Instl FULIX 38.0% 1,500 0.38%
Fidelity Advisor Ultra Short Bond I FUBIX 103.0% 319 0.49%
Fidelity Advisor Ultra Short Bond T FTUSX 103.0% 319 0.68%
Fidelity Ultra-Short Bond FUSFX 103.0% 319 0.45%
Goldman Sachs Enhanced Income A GEIAX 86.0% 506 0.63%
Goldman Sachs Enhanced Income Instl GEIIX 86.0% 506 0.29%
Goldman Sachs Ultra-Short Dur Gov I GSARX 178.0% 280 0.40%
Metropolitan West Ultra Short Bond I MWUIX 29.0% 112 0.36%
Metropolitan West Ultra Short Bond M MWUSX 29.0% 112 0.52%
Northern Ultra-Short Fixed Income Fund NUSFX 46.0% 468 0.25%
Payden Limited Maturity PYLMX 75.0% 223 0.50%
PIA Short Term Securities Adv PIASX 11.0% 169 0.35%
PIMCO Short-Term Instl PTSHX 307.0% 10,900 0.45%
PIMCO Short-Term P PTSPX 307.0% 10,900 0.55%
Pioneer Multi-Asset Floating Rate Fund Class Y MYFRX 51.0% 237 0.65%
RidgeWorth Ultra-Short Bond I SISSX 97.0% 105 0.32%
RidgeWorth US Gov Sec Ultra-Short Bd I SIGVX 70.0% 2,100 0.33%
Wells Fargo Advantage Adj Rate Govt I EKIZX 18.0% 1,400 0.49%
Wells Fargo Advantage Ultra S/T Inc Adm WUSDX 60.0% 1,200 0.56%
Wells Fargo Advantage Ultra S/T Inc I SADIX 60.0% 1,200 0.36%
William Blair Low Duration I WBLIX 43.0% 180 0.55%
William Blair Low Duration Inst WBLJX 43.0% 180 0.40%



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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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