Looking for a Large Cap Growth fund? You may want to consider Alger Capital Appreciation Institutional Fund I (
ALARX Quick Quote ALARX - Free Report) as a possible option. ALARX bears a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank of 3 (Hold), which is based on nine forecasting factors like size, cost, and past performance. Objective
ALARX is classified in the Large Cap Growth segment by Zacks, an area full of possibilities. Companies are usually considered to be large-cap if their stock market valuation is more than $10 billion. Large Cap Growth mutual funds invest in many large U.S. firms that are projected to grow at a faster rate than their large-cap peers.
History of Fund/Manager
ALARX is a part of the Alger Funds family of funds, a company based out of New York, NY. The Alger Capital Appreciation Institutional Fund I made its debut in November of 1993 and ALARX has managed to accumulate roughly $2.24 billion in assets, as of the most recently available information. The fund is currently managed by a team of investment professionals.
Investors naturally seek funds with strong performance. This fund carries a 5-year annualized total return of 21.8%, and is in the middle 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 20.96%, which places it in the middle 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. ALARX's standard deviation over the past three years is 19.83% compared to the category average of 16.45%. The standard deviation of the fund over the past 5 years is 16.36% compared to the category average of 13.56%. This makes the fund more volatile than its peers over the past half-decade.
The fund has a 5-year beta of 1, so investors should note that it is hypothetically as volatile as the market at large. Alpha is an additional metric to take into consideration, since it represents a portfolio's performance on a risk-adjusted basis relative to a benchmark, which in this case, is the S&P 500. ALARX has generated a positive alpha over the past five years of 4.49, demonstrating that managers in this portfolio are skilled in picking securities that generate better-than-benchmark returns.
Examining 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 primarily on equities that are traded in the United States.
This fund is currently holding about 90.4% stock in stocks, with an average market capitalization of $525.44 billion. The fund has the heaviest exposure to the following market sectors:
Technology Retail Trade
Turnover is 82%, which means this fund makes more trades per year than the comparable average.
Costs are increasingly important for mutual fund investing, and particularly as competition heats up in this market. And all things being equal, a lower cost product will outperform its otherwise identical counterpart, so taking a closer look at these metrics is key for investors. In terms of fees, ALARX is a no load fund. It has an expense ratio of 1.12% compared to the category average of 1.02%. ALARX is actually more expensive than its peers when you consider factors like cost.
While the minimum initial investment for the product is $0, investors should also note that there is no minimum for each subsequent investment.
Overall, Alger Capital Appreciation Institutional Fund I ( ALARX ) has a neutral Zacks Mutual Fund rank, and in conjunction with its comparatively similar performance, average downside risk, and higher fees, this fund looks like a somewhat average choice for investors right now.
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