Small Cap Blend fund seekers should consider taking a look at Fidelity Stock Selector Small Cap (
FDSCX Quick Quote FDSCX - Free Report) . FDSCX carries a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank of 1 (Strong Buy), which is based on nine forecasting factors like size, cost, and past performance. Objective
We classify FDSCX in the Small Cap Blend category, an area rife with potential choices. Small Cap Blend mutual funds usually target companies with a market capitalization of less than $2 billion. A small-cap blend mutual fund allows investors to diversify their funds among various types of small-cap stocks, which can help reduce the volatility inherent in lower market cap companies.
History of Fund/Manager
Fidelity is based in Boston, MA, and is the manager of FDSCX. Since Fidelity Stock Selector Small Cap made its debut in June of 1993, FDSCX has garnered more than $1.61 billion in assets. A team of investment professionals is the fund's current manager.
Of course, investors look for strong performance in funds. FDSCX has a 5-year annualized total return of 17.09% and it sits in the top third among its category peers. But if you are looking for a shorter time frame, it is also worth looking at its 3-year annualized total return of 18.76%, which places it in the top third during this time-frame.
When looking at a fund's performance, it is also important to note the standard deviation of the returns. The lower the standard deviation, the less volatility the fund experiences. The standard deviation of FDSCX over the past three years is 23.48% compared to the category average of 16.79%. Looking at the past 5 years, the fund's standard deviation is 18.98% compared to the category average of 13.89%. This makes the fund more volatile than its peers over the past half-decade.
Investors should not forget about beta, an important way to measure a mutual fund's risk compared to the market as a whole. FDSCX has a 5-year beta of 1.14, which means it is likely to be more volatile than the market average. Because alpha represents a portfolio's performance on a risk-adjusted basis relative to a benchmark, which is the S&P 500 in this case, one should pay attention to this metric as well. With a negative alpha of -1.85, managers in this portfolio find it difficult to pick securities that generate better-than-benchmark returns.
Exploring the equity holdings of a mutual fund is also a valuable exercise. This can show us how the manager is applying their stated methodology, as well as if there are any inherent biases in their approach. For this particular fund, the focus is largely on equities that are traded in the United States.
As of the last filing date, the mutual fund has 89.09% of its assets in stocks, with an average market capitalization of $4.74 billion. The fund has the heaviest exposure to the following market sectors:
Health Finance Technology Industrial Cyclical Other
Turnover is 70%, which means, on average, the fund makes fewer trades than comparable funds.
For investors, taking a closer look at cost-related metrics is key, since costs are increasingly important for mutual fund investing. Competition is heating up in this space, and a lower cost product will likely outperform its otherwise identical counterpart, all things being equal. In terms of fees, FDSCX is a no load fund. It has an expense ratio of 1.01% compared to the category average of 1.11%. So, FDSCX is actually cheaper than its peers from a cost perspective.
Investors should also note that the minimum initial investment for the product is $0 and that each subsequent investment has no minimum amount.
Overall, Fidelity Stock Selector Small Cap ( FDSCX ) has a high Zacks Mutual Fund rank, and in conjunction with its comparatively strong performance, worse downside risk, and lower fees, this fund looks like a good potential choice for investors right now.
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