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If investors are looking at the Sector - Tech fund category, Columbia Seligman Communications and Information A (SLMCX) could be a potential option. SLMCX possesses a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank of 1 (Strong Buy), which is based on nine forecasting factors like size, cost, and past performance.
The world of Sector - Tech funds is an area filled with options, and SLMCX is one of them. Sector - Tech mutual funds allow investors to own a stake in a notoriously volatile sector with a much more diversified approach. Tech companies can be in any number of industries such as semiconductors, software, internet, networking just to name a few.
History of Fund/Manager
Columbia is based in Kansas City, MO, and is the manager of SLMCX. Columbia Seligman Communications and Information A made its debut in June of 1983, and since then, SLMCX has accumulated about $7.08 billion in assets, per the most up-to-date date available. The funds current manager is a team of investment professionals.
Investors naturally seek funds with strong performance. This fund carries a 5-year annualized total return of 29.52%, 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 30.08%, which places it in the top third during this time-frame.
When looking at a funds performance, it is also important to note the standard deviation of the returns. The lower the standard deviation, the less volatility the fund experiences. SLMCXs standard deviation over the past three years is 24.18% compared to the category average of 16.2%. Over the past 5 years, the standard deviation of the fund is 20.21% compared to the category average of 13.48%. This makes the fund more volatile than its peers over the past half-decade.
The fund has a 5-year beta of 1.17, so investors should note that it is hypothetically more volatile than the market at large. Because alpha represents a portfolios 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. SLMCX has generated a positive alpha over the past five years of 8.69, demonstrating that managers in this portfolio are skilled in picking 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, SLMCX is a load fund. It has an expense ratio of 1.21% compared to the category average of 1.35%. From a cost perspective, SLMCX is actually cheaper than its peers.
This fund requires a minimum initial investment of $2,000, while there is no minimum for each subsequent investment.
Overall, Columbia Seligman Communications and Information A ( SLMCX ) has a high Zacks Mutual Fund rank, and in conjunction with its comparatively strong performance, worse downside risk, and lower fees, this fund looks like a good potential choice for investors right now.
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