If investors are looking at the Mutual Fund Equity Report fund category, Vanguard Growth & Income Investor (
VQNPX Quick Quote VQNPX - Free Report) could be a potential option. VQNPX carries 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
VQNPX is a part of the Vanguard Group family of funds, a company based out of Malvern, PA. Since Vanguard Growth & Income Investor made its debut in December of 1986, VQNPX has garnered more than $3.17 billion in assets. The fund's current manager is a team of investment professionals.
Investors naturally seek funds with strong performance. This fund in particular has delivered a 5-year annualized total return of 11.7%, and is in the top 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 13.69%, which places it in the top third during this time-frame.
It is important to note that the product's returns may not reflect all its expenses. Any fees not reflected would lower the returns. Total returns do not reflect the fund's [%] sale charge. If sales charges were included, total returns would have been lower.
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 16.28%, the standard deviation of VQNPX over the past three years is 17.93%. The fund's standard deviation over the past 5 years is 18.92% compared to the category average of 17.11%. 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 1, so it is likely going to be as volatile as 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. VQNPX's 5-year performance has produced a negative alpha of -0.45, which means managers in this portfolio find it difficult to pick securities that generate better-than-benchmark returns.
Investigating 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.
As of the last filing date, the mutual fund has 95.2% of its assets in stocks and it has 3.28% of assets in foreign securities. The fund has the heaviest exposure to the following market sectors:
Technology Finance Retail Trade
This fund's turnover is about 70%, so the fund managers are making more trades in a given year than the category 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, VQNPX is a no load fund. It has an expense ratio of 0.32% compared to the category average of 0.91%. Looking at the fund from a cost perspective, VQNPX is actually cheaper than its peers.
Investors should also note that the minimum initial investment for the product is $3,000 and that each subsequent investment needs to be at $1
Fees charged by investment advisors have not been taken into considiration. Returns would be less if those were included.
Overall, Vanguard Growth & Income Investor ( VQNPX ) has a high Zacks Mutual Fund rank, and in conjunction with its comparatively strong performance, average downside risk, and lower fees, Vanguard Growth & Income Investor ( VQNPX ) looks like a good potential choice for investors right now.
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