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Chapter 4

Chapter 4. MUTUAL FUNDS AND OTHER MANAGED INVESTMENTS. Chapter 4 Questions. What is a mutual fund? How does one compute the net asset value (NAV)? What expenses and changes might a mutual fund investor face?

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Chapter 4

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  2. Chapter 4 Questions • What is a mutual fund? • How does one compute the net asset value (NAV)? • What expenses and changes might a mutual fund investor face? • What does research on mutual fund performance tell about fund expenses, portfolio turnover, and returns?

  3. Chapter 4 Questions • What is a good procedure for determining which mutual funds to purchase? • When might it be appropriate to sell shares in a mutual fund? • What are the similarities between mutual funds and some other managed investments?

  4. Mutual Fund Growth • Mutual funds have become very popular investment vehicles. • Nearly $7 trillion in total assets in 2002. • Total assets have grown 600% since 1990.

  5. What is a mutual fund? • Mutual funds are open-end investment companies. • The fund sells shares to the public and invests the proceeds in a pool of funds, which are jointly owned by the fund’s investors.

  6. Computing Net Asset Value • For investors, the performance of their investment depends on what happens to the fund’s per share value, or net asset value (NAV). NAV= Market Value of Assets – Liabilities Number of Shares Outstanding

  7. Mutual Fund Management • Most funds are started by investment management companies who hire the fund manager to make investment decisions. • Fidelity, Vanguard, etc. • Usually offer many different funds and allow investors to switch between funds. • Funds (open-end) sell additional shares to those who want to invest, redeem shares at the NAV (less any fees) to those who want to sell their shares.

  8. Why invest with mutual funds? • Liquidity • Funds buy and sell their own shares quickly, even if fund investments are illiquid • Diversification • Small minimum investment buys a typically well-diversified investment • Professional management and record-keeping • Expertise and services

  9. Why invest with mutual funds? • Choice and flexibility • Families of funds offer a variety of investments to match investor needs • Indexing • Some funds track a broad market index which insures that investors will earn the “market return” • Increasingly popular mutual fund alternative

  10. Mutual Fund Drawbacks • Active trading contributes to high costs which lower fund returns • Tax consequences can be a disadvantage • Tax impacts of asset trading are passed through to investors • Tax bill can be large even when the NAV falls

  11. Mutual Fund Returns Three sources of return: • Income distributions (ID) • Bond interest, stock dividends • Capital gain distributions (CGD) • Realized gains/losses from selling assets • Changes in NAV (DNAV) • From unrealized gains/losses from assets

  12. Mutual Fund Returns Return = (ID + CGD + DNAV)/Beg.NAV • By dividing the sum of the three components of dollar returns by the beginning NAV, we have the mutual fund’s holding period return. • Most mutual funds allow investors to either receive distributions in cash or to reinvest in additional shares.

  13. Types of Mutual Funds • Funds can be classified according to the type of security in which they invest • Stock Funds • Taxable Bond Funds • Municipal Bond Funds • Stock and Bond Funds • Money Market Funds

  14. Common Stock Funds • Most popular type of fund • Wide variety with different objectives and levels of risk • Growth • Industry or sector funds • Geographic areas • International or Global • Equity Index funds

  15. Taxable Bond Funds • Generally seek to generate current income with limited risk • Can vary by maturity • Short-term, Intermediate-term, Long-term • Can vary by type of bond • Government • Corporate • Mortgage-backed • International/Global • Bond Index funds

  16. Municipal Bond Funds • Provide investors with income exempt from Federal taxation • Often concentrate on single states to avoid state income taxation as well

  17. Stock and Bond Funds • Seek to provide a combination of income and value appreciation. • Different names • Balanced funds • Blended funds • Flexible funds

  18. Money Market Funds • Provide safe, current income with high liquidity • Invest in money market securities • T-bills, Bank CD’s, Commercial paper, etc. • NAV stays at $1; income either paid out or reinvested daily • Provide an alternative to bank deposits, but not FDIC insured

  19. Mutual Fund Innovations • Life-stage funds • Offer different mixes of securities based on the age of the investor • Supermarket funds • Offer a wide variety of funds with “one-stop” fund shopping • Transfer services between funds • Expenses/fees can be high

  20. Mutual Fund Prospectus • Must be available to investors and should be review by investors. • Contains: • Fund’s investment objective • Investment strategy • Principal risks faced by investors • Recent investment performance • Expenses and fees • Lots of other detailed information

  21. Mutual Fund Expenses and Considerations • Loads • Commission to the broker to financial advisor who sold the fund to the investor • For load funds, the offer price is the fund’s NAV less the load (while no-load funds are sold at their NAV) • Load range from around 3% (low-load) to 8.5% • 12b-1 Fees • Fees deducted from the asset value of the fund to cover marketing expenses • An alternative to loads

  22. Mutual Fund Expenses and Considerations • Deferred Sales Loads • Redemption charges when fund shares are sold (rather than when purchased) • Often high (5-7%) if shares are sold within the first year, but then fall over time, perhaps even disappearing eventually • Share Classes • Many funds offer several different classes of shares (A-B-C) with different fee structures • Best choice usually depends of investment horizon

  23. Mutual Fund Expenses and Considerations • Management Fees • Fees deducted from the fund’s asset value to compensate the fund managers • Some adjust fees according to the fund’s performance • Expense ratio • Adding all fees and calculating expenses as a percentage of the fund’s asset

  24. Mutual Fund Expenses and Considerations • Portfolio Turnover • Not an explicit cost, but very important determinant of shareholder returns • Trading costs rise with turnover • In order for high turnover to pay off, fund managers must be successful in their active trading strategies • Sources of Information • Wall Street Journal, Business Week • Morningstar • Fund history, tax efficiency, risk analysis

  25. Mutual Fund Return and Risk Performance Return Performance • On a risk-adjusted basis, the average stock fund under-performs market averages • While portfolio managers seem to out-perform the market before expenses, net returns are below the market index • Some above-average performers over short time horizons, but such performance is not generally sustained (just luck?) • These results help to explain the growing popularity of index funds

  26. Mutual Fund Return and Risk Performance Risk Performance • While returns are not consistent, risk is • Objectives lead to strategies that lead to varying degrees of investment risks • Return is positively related to the level of risk • Risk is therefore an important consideration

  27. Mutual Fund Return and Risk Performance Fees and expenses: Do higher fees pay off? • Investment performance is no better (and perhaps worse) for load funds vs. no-load • Expenses lower returns in predictable ways – lower expense funds give better returns • Turnover affects returns in several ways, including taxes – high turnover means more short-term realized gains • Tax efficiency is an important consideration – after-tax returns may be 30-40% less than pre-tax

  28. Mutual Fund Investment Strategies • Choose in funds consistent with your objectives, constraints, and tax situation. • Consider index funds for a large portion of your fund portfolio. • When possible, invest in no-load funds with below-average expense and turnover ratios. • Invest at least 10-20% in international or global funds. • Own funds in different asset classes and consider life-cycle investing.

  29. Mutual Fund Investment Strategies • If you actively manage your portfolio, consider the past year’s “hot funds.” • Do not attempt to time the market; timing strategies add little except costs and risk. • Use dollar cost averaging by investing a set dollar amount each month. • Avoid investing money shortly before the capital gain distribution dates (prospectus). • Do not own too many funds. You will get average returns with high expenses.

  30. When should you sell a mutual fund? • Personal considerations • Portfolio rebalancing points due to life cycle considerations • Be aware of the quick trigger, selling on the first dip in NAV; think long-term • Be aware of capital gains with selling fund shares • Fund considerations • Change in portfolio manager • Change in investment style • Fund is growing “too large” or “too fast” • Persistent bad performance

  31. Other Managed Investments Closed-end investment companies • Shares trade like stock rather than being bought and sold from the fund • Number of shares are fixed • Often sell at a discount from NAV (a puzzle for modern finance) • Often a means of investing in a pool of assets from a foreign country

  32. Other Managed Investments Exchange-traded funds (EFTs) • Relatively new, yet very popular • Like closed-end funds, they trade like individual stocks • Passively managed to mirror a market index, both broad and narrow • Low expenses, but do involve brokerage commissions • Tax and liquidity concerns

  33. Other Managed Investments Variable Annuities • Many offered by insurance companies • Offers investors with choices of investments with tax-deferred growth • Insurance product: payment in the case of death or else retirement income stream • Expenses for both fund management and to pay for insurance, so fees tend to be much higher than with mutual funds • Income stream taxed as regular income

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