ZMNAX - Zacks Market Neutral A

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Zacks Market Neutral A (ZMNAX)
Expense Ratio: 4.22%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $90,956.68

The Zacks Market Neutral A fund (ZMNAX) is a Market Neutral fund started on 7/24/2008 and has $32.40 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running Zacks Market Neutral A since 8/17/2008. The fund is rated by Morningstar. In addition to trading fees and broker commissions, this fund has 12b-1 fees of 0.25%

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PowerShares S&P 500 BuyWrite Portfolio (PBP)
Expense Ratio: 0.75%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $22,921.88

The PowerShares S&P 500 BuyWrite Portfolio (PBP) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Market Neutral investment strategy and is an alternative to a Market Neutral mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Zacks Market Neutral A because computers automatically manage the stocks.

The Following Market Neutral Funds Have Lower Fees Than Zacks Market Neutral A (ZMNAX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
AQR Diversified Arbitrage Fund Class I ADAIX 298.0% 2,400 1.23%
AQR Diversified Arbitrage Fund Class N ADANX 298.0% 2,400 1.53%
Arbitrage I ARBNX 389.0% 3,100 1.28%
Arbitrage R ARBFX 389.0% 3,100 1.53%
Calamos Market Neutral Income A CVSIX 98.5% 2,400 1.14%
Calamos Market Neutral Income B CAMNX 98.5% 2,400 1.89%
Calamos Market Neutral Income C CVSCX 98.5% 2,400 1.89%
Calamos Market Neutral Income I CMNIX 98.5% 2,400 0.89%
DWS Disciplined Market Neutral A DDMAX 481.0% 417 1.75%
DWS Disciplined Market Neutral Instl DDMIX 481.0% 417 1.43%
DWS Disciplined Market Neutral S DDMSX 481.0% 417 1.60%
Highbridge Statistical Mkt Neutral A HSKAX 673.0% 854 1.96%
Highbridge Statistical Mkt Neutral C HSKCX 673.0% 854 2.46%
Highbridge Statistical Mkt Neutral Sel HSKSX 673.0% 854 1.71%
JPMorgan Multi-Cap Market Neutral A OGNAX 339.0% 522 1.76%
JPMorgan Multi-Cap Market Neutral B OGNBX 339.0% 522 2.46%
JPMorgan Multi-Cap Market Neutral C OGNCX 339.0% 522 2.46%
JPMorgan Multi-Cap Market Neutral Sel OGNIX 339.0% 522 1.51%
Managers AMG FQ Global Alternatives A MGAAX 12.0% 368 2.10%
Managers AMG FQ Global Alternatives C MGACX 12.0% 368 2.66%
Managers AMG FQ Global Alternatives Inst MGAIX 12.0% 368 1.66%
TFS Market Neutral TFSMX 751.0% 1,700 2.50%
Vanguard Market Neutral I VMNIX 91.0% 201 0.31%
Vanguard Market Neutral Inv VMNFX 91.0% 201 0.41%

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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.