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Sometimes I am amazed that there is still a debate over investing in index mutual funds vs. actively managed mutual funds. Index funds have a proven record without the added risk.
Low load mutual funds work the same way as DSC funds. The financial advisor gets a lower commission, usually 3%, as a result the MER does not have to be increased as much and you are only locked in for 3-4 years instead of seven. A much better option for you, but not as good an option for your advisor since their commission is decreased. If you hold DSC funds you may want to ask your advisor way they did not offer you low load funds instead. Almost all funds that have a DSC option have a low load option as well.
Just in case if the company falls down in the market, shareholders get the money which is equal to their ownership value. You can invest in individual stocks or closed end funds. It is always better to read in details about the various mutual fund of India before investing money. More importantly you will need to access your own goals and the risks involved. Asset allocation is also very important or else you may find your portfolio to have funds that are all invested in the same thing. A good portfolio will have diversification and will reduce the risk.
“Over the last five years, only 10% of active funds in the International Equity category, 13.9% in the Global Equity category, and 9.2% in the U.S. Equity category have outpaced S&P EPAC LargeMidCap, S&P Developed LargeMidCap and S&P 500 indices respectively.” So over the last five years 93.6% of Canadian equity funds, 90.8% of US equity funds, 90% of International equity funds and 86.1% of Global equity funds have underperformed their respective indices.
It is easy to figure out why actively managed investments consistently under-perform with the incredible high Management Expense Ratio (MER) that is charged on actively managed mutual funds in Canada. Having a 2%+ MER compared to an index funds MER of 0.75% or less is a lot to overcome. Overcoming these higher fees becomes an even more difficult task when you look at the holdings of a typical equity fund compared to its index. In most cases the holding are very similar.
There is a maximum commission the advisor is allowed to charge, set by the fund company, but there is no minimum. It is possible for your advisor to sell you this type of fund and not charge you a commission at all. If you pay a commission this money goes to your financial advisor and the firm they work for. In addition to this commission your financial advisor will collect a trailer fee directly from the mutual fund company as long as you own the mutual fund. These trailer fees are normally about 1% and are paid from the MER of the fund.
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