Wells Fargo, one of the four largest banks in the US, has a legacy spanning 150 years in the financial services sector. This popular financial behemoth also manages over a trillion dollars of assets. Nonetheless, the first quarter 2015 was not about robust broad based gains, as the top performing fund stayed within a 10% return. However, Wells Fargo investors should not lose heart as the top funds were still able to beat the broader categories by decent margin. The yields for the top performers are also impressive.
Fund Family: Wells Fargo
A highly diversified financial services company with operations spanning the globe, it manages over $1.3 trillion in assets. The company offers banking, insurance, investments and mortgage products through a large network of stores and other distribution channels.
Mutual funds are offered via the Wells Fargo Advantage Funds brand name. In 2010, the Boards of Trustees of Wells Fargo Advantage Funds and Evergreen Funds had approved the merger of the fund families to create the new fund lineup under the Wells Fargo Advantage Funds brand.
The Wells Fargo fund family boasts that “Each fund is guided by a premier investment team chosen for its focused attention to a particular investment style. There's a fund to meet the investment goals and risk tolerance of almost any investment portfolio”.
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Top 15 Wells Fargo Funds in Q1 of 2015
Below we present the top 15 Wells Fargo funds with best returns in Q1 of 2015:
Note: The list excludes the same funds with different classes, and institutional funds have been excluded.
3-M % Rank vs Objective* equals the percentage the fund falls among its peers. Here, 1 being the best and 99 being the worst.
The first quarter returns are somewhat muted. While none of the funds could cross the 10% mark, the 15th ranked fund could only manage a 3.5% return in Q1. However, as mentioned earlier, if we look at the top 5 funds, they have outperformed the broader category returns.
Among the small-cap category, small-cap growth funds had the best gains, returning 5.8% in Q1. Compared to that, Wells Fargo Advantage Emerging Growth A (WEMAX - Free Report) has a total Q1 return of 9.1%. Also, the second best gainer Wells Fargo Advantage International Equity A (WFEAX - Free Report) has returned 8.7% as compared to category return of 5.3%.
However, moving below the sixth-placed Wells Fargo Advantage Diversified International A (SILAX - Free Report) , the Q1 total return drops below 5%, suggesting the muted performance of the Wells Fargo funds. Funds thereafter have failed to beat the category returns.
In fact, only three of the funds from the top 15 performers currently carry a favorable Zacks Mutual Fund Rank. Wells Fargo Advantage International Equity A, Wells Fargo Advantage Asia Pacific A (WFAAX - Free Report) and Wells Fargo Advantage Small Cap Opportunities Administrator (NVSOX - Free Report) carry a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #2. So, investors looking to invest in Wells Fargo funds, should prioritize these three funds.
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(We are reissuing this article to correct a mistake. The original article, issued April 15, 2015, should no longer be relied upon.)