- Last Ratings Update:03/31/2014
- Price as of 03/31/2014 :$87.67
- Net Assets:$43,937 Million
- Peer Rank:101 of 272
- Investment Rating:B-
We rate PowerShares QQQ at B-. 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 and low expense structure. The fund invests approximately 100% of its assets in stocks and may be considered for investors seeking a Growth - Domestic strategy.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
Total return ranks very high in comparison with peers over the last three years. The PowerShares QQQ has returned an annual rate of 4.17% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 22.42% in the last five years, 16.16% in the last three years, and 28.71% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 81% of them. It has also outpaced 90% of its competitors on a three year basis and 88% of them over the last year for the period ending 3/31/2014. On a year to date basis, QQQ has returned -1.58%.
Downside risk has been below average. QQQ has a draw down risk of -11.20%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 13.7%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 3/31/2014, the fund was trading at a price of $87.67, which is 4.0% below its 52-week high of $91.36 and 1.5% above its 52-week low of $86.40.
Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $43.94 billion, QQQ maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Growth - Domestic peers of just 0.20% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As QQQ is an exchange traded fund, it has no front end or back end load.
The PowerShares QQQ is managed by Steven M. Hill at Bank of New York Mellon. This fund is one of 6 Bank of New York Mellon exchange-traded funds launched since 4/28/1995 that we track.
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