There are plenty of choices in the Mutual Fund Equity Report category, but where should you start your research? Well, one fund that may not be worth investigating is Van Eck Emerging Markets Y (
EMRYX Quick Quote EMRYX - Free Report) . EMRYX carries a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank of 5 (Strong Sell), which is based on nine forecasting factors like size, cost, and past performance. History of Fund/Manager
EMRYX is a part of the Van Eck family of funds, a company based out of New York, NY. Van Eck Emerging Markets Y debuted in May of 2010. Since then, EMRYX has accumulated assets of about $524.33 million, according to the most recently available information. The fund is currently managed by David A. Semple who has been in charge of the fund since May of 2010.
Obviously, what investors are looking for in these funds is strong performance relative to their peers. This fund in particular has delivered a 5-year annualized total return of -3.76%, and it sits in the bottom third among its category peers. If you're interested in shorter time frames, do not dismiss looking at the fund's 3-year annualized total return of -5.85%, which places it in the bottom 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. Compared to the category average of 16.55%, the standard deviation of EMRYX over the past three years is 20.76%. The standard deviation of the fund over the past 5 years is 19.33% compared to the category average of 14.78%. This makes the fund more volatile than its peers over the past half-decade.
Investors should note that the fund has a 5-year beta of 0.81, which means it is hypothetically less volatile than the market at large. Another factor to consider is alpha, as it reflects a portfolio's performance on a risk-adjusted basis relative to a benchmark-in this case, the S&P 500. Over the past 5 years, the fund has a negative alpha of -11.82. This means that managers in this portfolio find it difficult to pick securities that generate better-than-benchmark returns.
As competition heats up in the mutual fund market, costs become increasingly important. Compared to its otherwise identical counterpart, a low-cost product will be an outperformer, all other things being equal. Thus, taking a closer look at cost-related metrics is vital for investors. In terms of fees, EMRYX is a no load fund. It has an expense ratio of 1.10% compared to the category average of 1.15%. From a cost perspective, EMRYX is actually cheaper than its peers.
Investors need to be aware that with this product, the minimum initial investment is $1,000; each subsequent investment needs to be at least $100.
Overall, Van Eck Emerging Markets Y ( EMRYX ) has a low Zacks Mutual Fund rank, and in conjunction with its comparatively weak performance, average downside risk, and lower fees, Van Eck Emerging Markets Y ( EMRYX ) looks like a somewhat weak choice for investors right now.
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