I was reading the latest edition of Canadian Moneysaver, which is a great magazine that is Canadian focused but would be of value to any type of investor from any country as it touches on many key investment and personal finance topics. In one of the sidebar boxes, they had a blurb about the fees paid to one of Canada’s largest mutual funds:
Yup, you read that right. The Investors Dividend fund pulled in that much from fees. Ok, granted the fund has over $13 billion in assets but that is an insane amount of fees. You can’t tell me that it cost anything close to that to run the fund. The MER on the fund is 2.8% which is really high for any fund, I don’t care how specialized they are. What was the performance for this fund last year? Last year the fund earned 9.95% while the index did 11.47%. On a 3-year average basis, the fund had a return of 12.1% while the index did 16.65%. I would say that this fund did not earn its money! (*all returns provided by Globefund.com)
On the plus side of this for me, is that I own stock in IGM Financial which is the company that runs the Investor Group mutual funds. IGM’s reported first quarter profit was up 13% year over year. This company also continually raises its dividend year after year. I say keep the fees coming – I don’t invest in the fund but I reap the rewards.