WFAIX - Wells Fargo Advantage Idx Asst Allo Adm

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Wells Fargo Advantage Idx Asst Allo Adm (WFAIX)
Expense Ratio: 0.90%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $27,080.06

The Wells Fargo Advantage Idx Asst Allo Adm fund (WFAIX) is a Aggressive Allocation fund started on 11/8/1999 and has $659.50 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running Wells Fargo Advantage Idx Asst Allo Adm since 01/23/2004. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

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iShares Aggressive Allocation Fund (AOA)
Expense Ratio: 0.11%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $3,595.26

The iShares Aggressive Allocation Fund (AOA) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Aggressive Allocation investment strategy and is an alternative to a Aggressive Allocation mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Wells Fargo Advantage Idx Asst Allo Adm because computers automatically manage the stocks.

The Following Aggressive Allocation Funds Have Lower Fees Than Wells Fargo Advantage Idx Asst Allo Adm (WFAIX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
Calamos Growth & Income I CGIIX 55.1% 4,300 0.83%
Davis Appreciation & Income Y DCSYX 20.0% 345 0.74%
Fidelity Asset Manager 85% FAMRX 20.0% 753 0.84%
Fidelity Four-in-One Index FFNOX 16.0% 2,200 0.21%
Franklin Templeton Founding Allc Adv FFAAX 3.7% 5,300 0.81%
Nationwide Inv Dest Mod Agrsv Svc NDMSX 13.9% 1,700 0.86%
Nationwide Inv Destinations Mod Agrsv A NDMAX 13.9% 1,700 0.73%
Oppenheimer Active Allc Y OAAYX 21.0% 1,900 0.86%
Schwab MarketTrack Growth Investor SWHGX 17.0% 546 0.66%
T. Rowe Price Personal Strat Growth TRSGX 49.0% 1,100 0.84%
Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Inv VASGX 22.0% 7,400 0.17%
Wells Fargo Advantage Divers Cptl Bldr I EKBYX 56.0% 497 0.78%

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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.