Mutual Fund Equity Report fund seekers should consider taking a look at Janus Henderson Balanced Institutional (
JABLX Quick Quote JABLX - Free Report) . JABLX has a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank of 1 (Strong Buy), which is based on nine forecasting factors like size, cost, and past performance. History of Fund/Manager
JABLX finds itself in the Janus Fund family, based out of Boston, MA. The Janus Henderson Balanced Institutional made its debut in September of 1993 and JABLX has managed to accumulate roughly $389.51 million 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 7.04%, and it sits in the top third among its category peers. Investors who prefer analyzing shorter time frames should look at its 3-year annualized total return of 4.87%, 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 JABLX over the past three years is 13.86% compared to the category average of 14.17%. The fund's standard deviation over the past 5 years is 11.87% compared to the category average of 12.35%. This makes the fund less volatile than its peers over the past half-decade.
Investors should note that the fund has a 5-year beta of 0.63, 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. The fund has produced a negative alpha over the past 5 years of -0.25, which shows that managers in this portfolio find it difficult to pick securities that generate better-than-benchmark returns.
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, JABLX is a no load fund. It has an expense ratio of 0.61% compared to the category average of 0.86%. Looking at the fund from a cost perspective, JABLX is actually cheaper than its peers.
Investors need to be aware that with this product, the minimum initial investment is $0; each subsequent investment has no minimum amount.
Overall, Janus Henderson Balanced Institutional ( JABLX ) has a high Zacks Mutual Fund rank, and in conjunction with its comparatively strong performance, average downside risk, and lower fees, Janus Henderson Balanced Institutional ( JABLX ) looks like a good potential choice for investors right now.
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