Multi-Fund Investment Options

 

Some investors want added control over their investment option‘s diversification and investment strategy. If you‘re one of those people, the Multi-Fund Investment Options available through the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP) might be the investment type for you.

The idea is that you get diversification and automatic rebalancing, but the ER expense ratio is a bit higher.

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The 34th occurrence (since ) of the day moving average of the S&P crossing its day moving average to the downside is imminent. With the S&P closing at 2, on 12/4/ the Death Cross is expected, with high probability, on Friday December 7.

Yet, as the years went by and new variations of indexing came to the fore, the exclusion of one group of index funds seemed arbitrary. After weighing different options with Lipper, we made the call to eliminate all passive funds, with one exception. Index funds—whether they measure the broad market or a segment of it—are virtually indistinct, apart from price. They are passively managed in the sense that they only change their holdings on a predetermined schedule, but they are active in their construction and divergence from the market, so we included them in the ranking.

Some may take issue with this change in methodology. We agree—when choosing a particular fund, investors should always compare its performance to the relevant benchmarks. But to understand which firms are delivering strong relative performance across a broad selection of actively managed funds, there is value in gauging how active managers perform, relative to other active managers. To be eligible for ranking, firms must offer a certain number of funds in specific categories, all with a minimum track record of one year: Rankings are asset-weighted and based on relative performance for funds in those broad categories.

For a more detailed explanation of the methodology see bottom of story. Our new methodology eliminated just two firms: Two years ago, that number was 67; last year, 61 firms were eligible for the ranking.

There are two newcomers: Saratoga is the smallest firm in the ranking, by far. But the new focus on active management probably did affect the placement of other firms with many assets in index funds and a less robust actively run lineup. The firm slipped from third place in to 54th this year.

Because results are asset-weighted, it helps when some of your largest funds are also your top performers.

Four of its five largest funds available to U. See the nearby methodology for an explanation of why we rank this way. The fund and many of its sibling portfolios took a substantial position in financials, including Bank of America BAC and Citigroup C when they were market pariahs.

The fund made an early call on Caterpillar CAT. Yet the Valley Forge, Pa. Vanguard has a history of strong showings: It was 14th in , and No. All in all, it has 28 subadvisors; its most tenured is Wellington Management. The contrarian growth managers are the epitome of long-term investors: This was a case where active management certainty seemed to pay, at least in Vanguard being Vanguard, CIO Davis emphasizes the importance of low-cost investing, even when paying a little extra for active management.

As growth came back in , however, so did T. As was the case among other leaders, T. In , the firm rebranded its asset-management arm under the Nuveen name. Meanwhile, TIAA continues with its strategy of giving its 13 company-owned affiliate managers autonomy over portfolio decisions—but with centralized distribution, marketing, and back-office support.

Nevertheless, the Boston-based fund family owes its ranking to the strong relative performance posted by dozens of funds. More than a third of its funds, across individual share classes, finished in the top quartile of their peer groups. Morrison credits this outperformance to individual company bets, both for equities and for fixed income.

Hong Kong , it first took note of these companies early in their evolution. This broad focus, says Morrison, is one reason that it has more than mutual funds in this ranking alone, after accounting for multiple share classes.

With the Multi-Fund investment options, you can select from a range of investment types suitable for a variety of risk profiles and asset allocation blends.

Choices may include options such as international investments, which are investments made entirely outside the US and balanced funds, which try to provide a mix of both safety and modest returns. Most investment options also include index and actively managed choices.

Index funds are designed to track a benchmark index. Active management, by contrast, is managed by a person using research, forecasts, and their own experience to make investment decisions.

Once you invest in a particular investment option, you can transfer contributions and any earnings to another investment option only twice per calendar year or upon a transfer of funds to a MESP account for a different beneficiary. These investment options seek to provide options for people who prefer to select an investment option for its asset allocation.

Each multi-fund investment option has a different investment objective and investment strategy. The allocations to the underlying mutual funds in the multi-fund investment options do not change automatically as the beneficiary ages as they do in the age-based options. Investments will remain in the multi-fund investment options until the account owner instructs the Plan to move them to another investment option.

The Board may change the asset allocations and underlying mutual funds for these investment options as well as for the other investment options at any time. Please keep in mind that if you invest in the International Equity Index Portfolio, you will own interests in the International Equity Index Portfolio; you will not own shares in any of the following mutual funds.

Please keep in mind that if you invest in the Global Equity Index Portfolio, you will own interests in the Global Equity Index Portfolio; you will not own shares in any of the following mutual funds.

Please keep in mind that if you invest in the Balanced Portfolio, you will own interests in the Balanced Portfolio; you will not own shares in any of the following mutual funds. Asset Classes Different types of investments. Equities stocks , fixed-income bonds and money market short-term investments are examples of asset classes. Equities Also called stocks. A security representing ownership rights in a company.

A collection or grouping of financial equities is known as an equity portfolio. Growth Fund A mutual fund that generally invests in stocks of companies believed to have above-average potential for growth in revenue and earnings.

These stocks typically have low dividend yields and above-average prices in relation to such measures as earnings and book value. Index Fund A passively-managed mutual fund that seeks to match the performance of a particular market index. Mutual Fund A diversified, professionally managed portfolio of securities that pools the assets of individuals and organizations to invest toward a common objective such as current income or long-term growth.

Passive Management A low-cost investment strategy in which a mutual fund attempts to match — rather than outperform — a particular stock or bond market index; also known as indexing. Active Management An investment approach that seeks to exceed the average returns of the financial markets. Active managers rely on research, market forecasts, and their own judgment and experience in selecting securities to buy and sell.

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