On the lookout for a Mutual Fund Equity Report fund? Starting with Prudential Financial Services A (PFSAX) should not be a possibility at this time. PFSAX holds a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank of 4 (Sell), which is based on nine forecasting factors like size, cost, and past performance.
History of Fund/Manager
PGIM is responsible for PFSAX, and the company is based out of Providence, RI. The Prudential Financial Services A made its debut in June of 1999 and PFSAX has managed to accumulate roughly $107 million in assets, as of the most recently available information. A team of investment professionals is the fund’s current manager.
Of course, investors look for strong performance in funds. This fund in particular has delivered a 5-year annualized total return of 7.25%, and is in the top third among its category peers. But if you are looking for a shorter time frame, it is also worth looking at its 3-year annualized total return of 8%, which places it in the middle 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. PFSAX’s standard deviation over the past three years is 25.71% compared to the category average of 17.58%. Looking at the past 5 years, the fund’s standard deviation is 22.62% compared to the category average of 15.59%. This makes the fund more volatile than its peers over the past half-decade.
Investors should note that the fund has a 5-year beta of 1.18, which means it is hypothetically more volatile than the market at large. Alpha is an additional metric to take into consideration, since it represents a portfolio’s performance on a risk-adjusted basis relative to a benchmark, which in this case, is the S&P 500. With a negative alpha of -6.08, managers in this portfolio find it difficult to pick securities that generate better-than-benchmark returns.
For investors, taking a closer look at cost-related metrics is key, since costs are increasingly important for mutual fund investing. Competition is heating up in this space, and a lower cost product will likely outperform its otherwise identical counterpart, all things being equal. In terms of fees, PFSAX is a load fund. It has an expense ratio of 1.29% compared to the category average of 1.46%. From a cost perspective, PFSAX is actually cheaper than its peers.
Investors need to be aware that with this product, the minimum initial investment is $1,000; each subsequent investment needs to be at least $100.
Overall, Prudential Financial Services A ( PFSAX ) has a low Zacks Mutual Fund rank, and in conjunction with its comparatively strong performance, worse downside risk, and lower fees, this fund looks like a somewhat weak choice for investors right now.
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