If investors are looking at the Mutual Fund Equity Report fund category, make sure to pass over American Century One Chce: Very Aggressive (
AOVIX Quick Quote AOVIX - Free Report) . AOVIX has a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank of 4 (Sell), which is based on nine forecasting factors like size, cost, and past performance. History of Fund/Manager
American Century is based in Kansas City, MO, and is the manager of AOVIX. The American Century One Chce: Very Aggressive made its debut in September of 2004 and AOVIX has managed to accumulate roughly $304.70 million in assets, as of the most recently available information. The fund's current manager is a team of investment professionals.
Obviously, what investors are looking for in these funds is strong performance relative to their peers. AOVIX has a 5-year annualized total return of 5.22% and is in the middle 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 4.92%, 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. Over the past three years, AOVIX's standard deviation comes in at 20.18%, compared to the category average of 18.16%. Over the past 5 years, the standard deviation of the fund is 17.94% compared to the category average of 15.96%. 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 0.95, so it is likely going to be less volatile than the market at large. 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. The fund has produced a negative alpha over the past 5 years of -4.35, which shows that managers in this portfolio find it difficult to pick 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 mostly on equities that are traded in the United States.
Currently, this mutual fund is holding 78.4% stock in stocks and it has a negligible amount of assets in foreign securities. This fund's turnover is about 11%, so the fund managers are making fewer trades than its comparable peers.
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, AOVIX is a no load fund. It has an expense ratio of 1.03% compared to the category average of 0.86%. Looking at the fund from a cost perspective, AOVIX is actually more expensive than its peers.
While the minimum initial investment for the product is $2,500, investors should also note that each subsequent investment needs to be at least $50.
Overall, American Century One Chce: Very Aggressive ( AOVIX ) has a low Zacks Mutual Fund rank, and in conjunction with its comparatively similar performance, average downside risk, and higher fees, this fund looks like a poor potential choice for investors right now.
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