- Last Ratings Update:12/31/2015
- Price as of 12/31/2015 :$10.77
- Net Assets:$484.74 Million
- Peer Rank:59 of 123
- Investment Rating:D-
We rate First Trust New Opptys MLP & Energy at D-. Negative factors that influence this rating include a high expense structure. The fund may be considered for investors seeking a Sector - Energy/Natural Res strategy.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
New Fund off to poor start in the last year. The First Trust New Opptys MLP & Energy has returned an annual rate of -24.79% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of -35.73% in the last year, -28.28% in the last six months, and -18.15% in the last three months. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last year, it has outperformed 5% of them for the period ending 12/31/2015. On a year to date basis, FPL has returned -35.73%.
Downside risk has been above average. FPL has a draw down risk of -44.17%, which is the largest price decline experienced since the inception of the fund. This fund has a one year standard deviation of 28.2%. This fund has experienced excessive volatility in its monthly performance over the last 12 months. As of 12/31/2015, the fund was trading at a price of $10.77, which is 11.1% below its 52-week high of $12.11 and 22.1% above its 52-week low of $8.82.
High expense ratio hinders performance. On total assets of $484.74 million, FPL maintains a high expense ratio compared to its Sector - Energy/Natural Res peers of 1.94% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As FPL is a closed end fund, it has no front end or back end load.
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