There are plenty of choices in the Mutual Fund Equity Report category, but where should you start your research? Well, one fund that might be worth investigating is Janus Henderson Balanced Institutional (
JABLX Quick Quote JABLX - Free Report) . JABLX bears a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank of 1 (Strong Buy), which is based on various forecasting factors like size, cost, and past performance. History of Fund/Manager
Janus Fund is based in Boston, MA, and is the manager of JABLX. The Janus Henderson Balanced Institutional made its debut in September of 1993 and JABLX has managed to accumulate roughly $407.97 million in assets, as of the most recently available information. The fund's current manager is a team of investment professionals.
Of course, investors look for strong performance in funds. This fund carries a 5-year annualized total return of 8.03%, and it sits in the top 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 8.15%, 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. Compared to the category average of 14.56%, the standard deviation of JABLX over the past three years is 12.68%. The standard deviation of the fund over the past 5 years is 12.2% compared to the category average of 12.69%. 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 0.64, which means it is hypothetically 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. Over the past 5 years, the fund has a negative alpha of -0.08. This means that managers in this portfolio find it difficult to pick securities that generate better-than-benchmark returns.
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, JABLX is a no load fund. It has an expense ratio of 0.62% compared to the category average of 0.86%. JABLX is actually cheaper 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, 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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