- Last Ratings Update:01/31/2014
- Price as of 01/31/2014 :$53.56
- Net Assets:$760.4 Million
- Peer Rank:4 of 122
- Investment Rating:A
We rate WisdomTree Equity Income Fund at A. This overall rating indicates it is among the top 10% of all closed end mutual funds in its peer group. Positive factors that influence this rating include a well above average total return, low price volatility, low expense structure and long term portfolio management tenure. The fund invests approximately 100% of its assets in stocks and may be considered for investors seeking a Growth & Income strategy.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
Total return ranks very high in comparison with peers over the last three years. The WisdomTree Equity Income Fund has returned an annual rate of 5.18% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 20.84% in the last five years, 15.56% in the last three years, and 14.37% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 80% of them. It has also outpaced 89% of its competitors on a three year basis and 72% of them over the last year for the period ending 1/31/2014. On a year to date basis, DHS has returned -2.58%.
Downside risk has been below average. DHS has a draw down risk of -9.57%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 9.5%. This fund has had a low level of volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 1/31/2014, the fund was trading at a price of $53.56, which is 2.7% below its 52-week high of $55.02 and 0.9% above its 52-week low of $53.10.
Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $760.40 million, DHS maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Growth & Income peers of just 0.38% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As DHS is an exchange traded fund, it has no front end or back end load.
The WisdomTree Equity Income Fund is managed by Karen Q. Wong at WisdomTree Asset Management Inc. This fund is one of 52 WisdomTree Asset Management Inc exchange-traded funds launched since 6/16/2006 that we track.
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