Alternative energy mutual funds have taken a hit, down 6.5% on average over the past 12 months. Just three of the 15 mutual funds we track are up for the year. The largest gainer, Brown Advisory Sustainable Growth Inv (BIAWX), is only up an anemic 6.2%. Much of the difficulty is due to a drop in solar stocks over the past 12 months. For example…
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Alternative energy ETFs have suffered what can only be called stunning declines in the past 12 months. Of the 22 ETFs that we track (that have been trading more than a year), 19 are trending down. Two of the bottom three performers are solar ETFs. Alternative energy ETFs have fared better in the past quarter, with slightly more than half of ETFs trading in positive territory…
April 2016 Alternative Energy Mutual Fund & Exchange Traded Fund Reports
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Investing in alternative energy companies through Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds is an excellent way to create a diversified portfolio. The Roen Financial Report uses a proprietary system to rank open end Mutual Funds (MFs) and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) based on multiple criteria, including return, risk, sales and earnings ratios, tax costs and expenses. Rank 1 funds have the best rating relative to the other funds, and Rank 5 have the lowest.
Subscribers get access regularly updated detailed reports on MFs and ETFs. These in depth reports include valuable information such as which funds have the highest rankings, and why. Subscribers can also download an Excel file with full numbers and statistics on each MF and ETF in order to fully understand the benefits and pitfalls of each fund.
Understanding Mutual Funds and ETFs
There is a big difference between owning MFs and ETFs, and investors should be aware of what they are buying.
When purchasing an Mutual Fund, you are essentially hiring a professional money manager who is an expert in their respective investment field. This manager closely monitors investments and decides what should be bought or sold in accordance the fund’s objective. Because of this, MFs have a higher fee structure than ETFs.
Exchange Traded Funds act more like an index. Essentially, ETF holdings are not actively traded, but follow the underlying value of each investment in the ETF. This creates a fund that is very easy to manage and, as a result, has a low cost structure. Also, ETFs can follow an existing index. For example, iPath Global Carbon (GRN) is linked to the Barclays Capital Global Carbon Index, so that it follows the global price of carbon.
Remember to always consult with your investment professional before making important financial decisions.
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