Top 12 Best Ranked World Stock Mutual Funds of 2010: Part 3

Intro

This is my third and final article about Top 12 Best Ranked World Stocks Mutual Funds of 2010. To have a better portfolio diversification, investing in world stocks funds maybe a right choice for long term investor. With the current world economy is growing again after recent economic crisis, world stocks funds can provide an easy access to world economy expansion. As its named stocks fund or equities funds, these funds are more volatile than US domestic stock funds. It also may provide better return over the long term investment. The following list is gathered from the past 2010 winners.

Top 12 Best Ranked World Stock Mutual Funds of 2010 - Part 3:

  1. JHancock Global Opportunities A
  2. American Funds SMALLCAP World A
  3. Invesco Global Small & Mid Cap Gr A
  4. Wintergreen
  5. Janus Global Select A
  6. Nuveen Tradewinds Global All-Cap A
  7. Templeton Global Smaller Comp A
  8. DWS Global Small Cap Growth A
  9. ING Global Value Choice A
  10. Invesco Van Kampen Global Franchise A
  11. Wells Fargo Advantage Global Opps A
  12. Oppenheimer Global Opportunities A

Note: If you miss the first part, please check the following article.

Top 12 Best Ranked World Stock Mutual Funds: Part 3

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No  
Mutual Funds Description  
Ticker  
Rank  
Yield  
Expense Ratio  
M* Rating  
Total Assets (M)  
Min. To Invest  
9
ING Global Value Choice A
NAWGX
13
1.39%
1.48%
4
$638
$1,000
10
Invesco Van Kampen Global Franchise A
VGFAX
14
2.75%
1.25%
5
$1,600
$1,000
11
Wells Fargo Advantage Global Opps A
EKGAX
18
0.00%
1.63%
4
$384
$1,000
12
Oppenheimer Global Opportunities A
OPGIX
19
0.96%
1.21%
3
$2,930
$1,000
Updated on 3/14/2011
ING Global Value Choice Fund Holdings
ING Global Value Choice Fund Holdings | Source

9. ING Global Value Choice A (NAWGX)

The ING Global Value Choice fund investment seeks long term capital appreciation. The 65% of net assets investment is invested in equities or stocks in a number of different countries (including the United States). Meanwhile, the majority investment is still in common and preferred equities, depositary receipts, derivatives and convertible securities. This NAWGX fund may also invest 25% of its assets in companies located in countries that have emerging securities markets with attractive investment opportunities.

David B. Iben has managed the fund since April 30, 2006. The expense ratio of this fund is 1.48% per year. It has returned 7.94% over the past 3 years and 3.75% over the past ten years. This fund has a 12b1 fee of 0.25% and a front-end sales load of 5.75%. The minimum balance to invest in brokerage account for this fund is $1,000 with no minimum subsequent investment. The same amount applies for other class such as NAWBX, NAWCX and IGVWX. While for the class NAWIX requires $250,000 for the minimum investment and $100,000 for NAWQX. NAWGX can be purchased from 95 brokerages such as UBS Financial Services Inc., Protected Investors of America, E*TRADE Financial, H&R Block Financial Advisors Inc and Morgan Stanley Advisors.

The top holdings of this fund as of Jan 31, 2011 are Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (4.29%), Barrick Gold Corp. (3.94%), Newmont Mining Corp. (3.69%), Eli Lilly & Co. (2.91%), Cameco Corp. (2.82%), EDF SA (2.80%), Thales SA (2.56%), Newcrest Mining Ltd. (2.38%), Aetna, Inc. (2.37%) and Chesapeake Energy Corp. (2.33%). The top country weightings are United States (25.07%), Japan (18.50%), Canada (11.92%), France (6.05%) and Russia (3.63%).


Invesco Van Kampen Global Franchise Fund Holdings
Invesco Van Kampen Global Franchise Fund Holdings | Source

10. Invesco Van Kampen Global Franchise A (VGFAX)

The investment in Invesco Van Kampen Global Franchise is seeking for long-term capital appreciation. The main net assets investment of this fund is placed in a non-diversified portfolio of publicly traded equity securities of issuers located in the U.S. and other foreign countries. The fund invests in strong business franchises and growth potential companies. This non-diversified fund generally invests >65% of its net assets in securities of issuers located in at least three countries, one of them is the United States.

This fund is managed by John S. Goodacre since June 15, 2009. The expense ratio of this fund is 1.25% per year. The 12b1 fee of this fund is 0.25%. There is as well 5.75% front-end sales load. The fund performance over the past three years is 5.04%. The minimum balance to invest in this fund either in brokerage or IRA account is $1,000. The other class tickers of this fund are VGFBX, VGFCX and VGFIX. Some asset classes of fund have lower expense ratio fee, and no front end sales charge fee.

The top 10 holdings of this fund are Nestle SA (6.76%), Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc (6.35%), Swedish Match Ab (6.21%), Imperial Tobacco Group Plc (5.95%), Philip Morris International Inc (5.17%), Unilever Plc (4.74%), British American Tobacco Plc (4.46%), Procter & Gamble Co (4.38%), Kone Oyj (4.34%) and Kellogg Co. (4.30%). The top countries for this fund investment are United States (37.89%), United Kingdom (25.70%), Switzerland (9.50%), Netherlands (6.44%) and Sweden (6.21%).

Wells Fargo Advantage Global Opportunities Fund Holdings
Wells Fargo Advantage Global Opportunities Fund Holdings | Source

11. Wells Fargo Advantage Global Opps A (EKGAX)

Wells Fargo Advantage Global Opportunities fund investment pursues capital growth. The major investment of its net assets (around 80%) is in equity securities of small and medium sized companies. These companies are defined as companies that have market capitalizations within the range of the S&P Global Small/Mid Cap index. It also invests around 20% of total assets in emerging market equity companies or stocks.

Francis X. Claro has managed this fund since December 31, 1999. There is no 12b1 fee but it has a 5.75% of front-end sales load. The expense ratio of this fund is 1.63% which is a bit higher than the average in the category that is 1.52%. A minimum of $1,000 is required to invest in this fund (EKGAX), the other class EKGBX and EKGCX. The other two class tickers of this fund are EKGYX and EKGIX.

The top holdings of this fund as of Jan 31, 2011 are 51job Incorporated Sponsored ADR Repstg Com (3.00%), Peugeot SA Eur1 (2.00%), Ashtead Group Ord Gbp0.10 (1.97%), Usg People Nv Eur0.5 (post Subd) (1.92%), Bovis Homes Group Ord Gbp0.50 (1.68%), Persimmon Ord Gbp0.10 (1.51%), The Game Group Ord Gbp0.05 (1.40%), Travis Perkins Ord Gbp0.10 (1.36%), Isuzu Motors Limited (1.31%) and Heidrick & Struggles Incorporated (1.24%). This fund invests 33.00% in the United States, 16.65% in Great Britain and 6.96% in China.

Source

12. Oppenheimer Global Opportunities A (OPGIX)

The investment in Oppenheimer Global Opportunities fund is looking for capital appreciation as well as current income. The major net assets investment is in equity securities of issuers in the U.S. and foreign countries. Besides stocks investment, this fund may invest in debt securities and in "lower-grade" securities. This fund emphasizes the investments in develop markets, even though it may also invest in emerging market countries.

Frank V. Jennings has managed this fund since 1995. It has 1.21% expense ratio per year. This fund has 0.25% of 12b1 fee and 5.75% of front-end sales load. It has returned 7.78% over the past one year, 4.71% over the past three years and 2.46% over the past five years. The minimum balance to invest in this fund is $1,000 for brokerage account and $500 for IRA account. OPGIX can be purchased from 118 brokerages, such as Scottrade Load, JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch, Vanguard, CommonWealth PPS and Edward Jones. The other class tickers of this fund are OGGIX, OGICX, OGINX and OGIYX. Some asset classes of fund have lower expense ratio fee, and no front end sales charge fee.

The top ten holdings of this fund as of Jan 31, 2011 are Nektar Therapeutics (6.9%), Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (4.8%), Cepheid, Inc. (3.2%), Electrocomponents plc (2.4%), Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (2.2%), Rakuten, Inc. (2.1%), Sotheby's (2.1%), ARM Holdings plc (2.0%), Autonomy Corp. plc (2.0%) and Urban Outfitters, Inc. (1.7%). The top sectors of this fund are Healthcare (23.3%), Consumer Discretionary (21.8%), Information Technology (21.1%), Industrials (13.8%) and Materials (5.5%).

Note: If you need to see the funds performance, please check my first article for details.

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