If you have been looking for Mutual Fund Equity Report fund category, a potential starting could be American Funds New Perspective R6 (RNPGX). RNPGX has a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank of 3 (Hold), which is based on nine forecasting factors like size, cost, and past performance.
History of Fund/Manager
RNPGX is a part of the American Funds family of funds, a company based out of Los Angeles, CA. The American Funds New Perspective R6 made its debut in May of 2009 and RNPGX has managed to accumulate roughly $30.95 billion in assets, as of the most recently available information. A team of investment professionals is the fund’s current manager.
Investors naturally seek funds with strong performance. RNPGX has a 5-year annualized total return of 12.5% and it sits 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 12.1%, which places it in the top third during this time-frame.
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 14.81%, the standard deviation of RNPGX over the past three years is 20.12%. Over the past 5 years, the standard deviation of the fund is 17.33% compared to the category average of 13.12%. This makes the fund more volatile than its peers over the past half-decade.
With a 5-year beta of 1.01, the fund is likely to be as volatile as the market average. Because alpha represents a portfolio’s performance on a risk-adjusted basis relative to a benchmark, which is the S&P 500 in this case, one should pay attention to this metric as well. The fund has produced a negative alpha over the past 5 years of -1.02, which shows that managers in this portfolio find it difficult to pick securities that generate better-than-benchmark returns.
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, RNPGX is a no load fund. It has an expense ratio of 0.41% compared to the category average of 1.10%. From a cost perspective, RNPGX is actually cheaper than its peers.
Investors need to be aware that with this product, the minimum initial investment is $250; each subsequent investment needs to be at least $50.
Overall, American Funds New Perspective R6 ( RNPGX ) has a neutral Zacks Mutual Fund rank, and in conjunction with its comparatively strong performance, average downside risk, and lower fees, this fund looks like a somewhat average choice for investors right now.
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