Two weeks ago I published a list of 17 mutual funds whose managers have been at the helm for 10 years, outperforming the S&P 500's 10 year return of 10.61% and their category benchmark by enough of a margin to make a difference to investors.
Here are five more funds whose managers meet the same high standards, but are closed except for an exception often disclosed in the fine print.
Choose The Manager Not The Fund
About the biggest mistake you can make is to choose a mutual fund because of its superior track record only to discover that the manager who produced those returns has been replaced.
Mutual funds change managers all the time, but they keep advertising the fund's track record just the same. In most cases, it takes 10 years before a track record is long enough to say whether a manager has exhibited investment skill.
You want managers who have outperformed both the S&P 500 and the benchmark for their category. In other words, if you are looking at a healthcare-fund manager, you want one that has outperformed by the S&P 500, and the healthcare index.
Out of over 7,000 U.S. equity mutual funds in Morningstar’s database, 23 passed muster, of which only 17 are open to new investors.
5 Closed Mutual Funds With Managers Who Pass Muster
Here are the five proven managers whose mutual funds are closed to new investors.
Brown Capital Mgmt Small Co In
Robert E. Hall
Eaton Vance Atlanta Capital SM
Charles B. Reed
Fidelity Growth Company
Steven S. Wymer
PGIM Jennison Health Sciences
PRIMECAP Odyssey Aggressive Gr
Joel P. Fried
The Fine Print
Although these funds are closed to new investors, if you are an existing investor, you can often still make additional investments and give fund shares to friends and family. Whoever you give a fund share to then becomes an existing investor who can also make additional investments and give away fund shares.
Giving someone some fund shares that open the door to a closed fund with a great manager can be a perfect gift under the right circumstances.
My firm does not own any shares of these five closed funds so we cannot help you with these. However, we have invested in each of the 17 funds that are still open to new investors through FOLIOfn so that if any of them close in the future, we can still get our clients into them.
If you manage your own investments it's a good idea to invest at least the minimum initial amount in each of the 17 funds that are still open. Should some of these funds close in the future, being an existing shareholder preserves your ability to invest more and enables you to give the people you care about a gift of fund shares that can open the door to a great manager.
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