The Implications of a Closed Fund

Many investors seek a closed fund as part of their investment portfolio. The closed fund can provide you with a number of unique benefits. Here are the basics of the closed fund and what implications this might have on your investment portfolio.

The Closed Fund

Mutual funds are made up of two different types of funds. You have the open ended fund and the closed fund. The open ended fund does not have any restrictions on the number of investors that are allowed into the fund. It can keep growing infinitely. The closed fund, on the other hand, has a set number of investors, or investment dollars, that are allowed into the plan. Therefore, once it reaches this plateau, there are no more investors allowed. There are a few different reasons that this is important for investors. Here are a few things to consider about why a closed-end fund may be to your advantage.

Large Funds

The point of a mutual fund is to pull a large amount of resources together and buy many securities. Therefore, you might think that it would be a good thing to get as many investors together as possible. However, the law of diminishing marginal returns states otherwise. Once the mutual fund gets to a certain point, it cannot perform like it once did. Smaller funds tends to grow at a higher rate than larger funds. Therefore, as an investor it can help to limit the amount of investors that can come into a fund.

Flexibility

One of the reasons that larger funds tend to perform better than smaller funds is because of their lack of flexibility. When you are dealing with potentially billions of dollars worth of assets, it can be more difficult to properly diversify the portfolio. You might run into liquidity issues along the way that make it impossible to diversify the portfolio like it should be. One of the major advantages of a mutual fund is that it is diversified. However, if you cannot allocate the resources like they should be allocated, it takes away a certain amount of diversification.

Anonymity

Smaller mutual funds also have the advantage of being anonymous. When they want to make a move, they can do so without anyone knowing about it. They can buy any number of shares without tipping anyone off. This allows them to get the best execution in the market, and the best price. Therefore, investment decisions will be more efficient and bring their clients a greater return.

When you are dealing with a very large mutual fund, it is much more difficult to make a move. Whenever you want to buy something for the portfolio, you have to buy it on a much bigger scale. This means that more investors will know about it, and the prices change accordingly. This results in a lower return, overall, for your investors.

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