Questions from Investors — Mutual Fund Performance

Q:     Why did my mutual funds only go up 5.5% per year during the last two years?

A:     You probably own money market funds, bond funds, S&P 500 funds, or poorly performing stock mutual funds.

Money market interest rates and bond interest rates have been very low.  There are no current prospects for those investment categories to perform well.  In fact, when interest rates rise, bond prices fall, so the anticipation of rising interest rates would be a catalyst for an investor to SELL bond funds, not to buy them.

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The S&P 500 index grew less than one-tenth of one percent in 2011, and a little over 13% in 2012.  Index funds therefore grew, on average, 6% per year after fees during those two years.

However, any good growth stock mutual fund should be able to outperform the S&P 500 index.  If you’re a mutual fund manager or an experienced stock portfolio investor, like myself, outperforming the S&P 500 index is not difficult.  All four Goodfellow LLC stock portfolios outperformed their comparable market indices in 2012, with the Growth Stock Portfolio more than doubling the S&P 500’s performance.

If your goal is stock mutual fund investing, and you want better returns than the S&P 500 performance, do a mutual fund exchange within your mutual fund family.  This works in many taxable accounts, IRAs, business retirement accounts such as 401(k)s, and annuities.  You can often make the exchange from one mutual fund to another without incurring fees.  Caveat:  mutual fund exchanges in taxable accounts will generate a taxable event which you will need to report to the I.R.S. when you file Federal Income Taxes.

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Happy investing!


Crista Huff


Goodfellow LLC

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