Tekla Life Sciences Investors

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HQL : NYSE : Financial
$20.5 up 0.38 | 1.89%
Today's Range: 20.2 - 20.588
Avg. Daily Volume: 80400.0
04/28/17 - 4:02 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:03/31/2017
  • Price as of 03/31/2017 :$19.39
  • Net Assets:$415 Million
  • NAV:$20.48
  • Premium-5.32%
  • Peer Rank:16 of 35
  • Investment Rating:C
  • Performance:B-
  • RiskC
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We rate Tekla Life Sciences Investors at C. Positive factors that influence this rating include a greater than above average total return, low price volatility and low expense structure. The fund invests approximately 84% of its assets in stocks and may be considered for investors seeking a Sector - Health/Biotechnology strategy.


Total return ranks above peers over the last three years. The Tekla Life Sciences Investors has returned an annual rate of 9.59% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 17.28% in the last five years, 7.14% in the last three years, and 16.66% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 95% of them. It has also outpaced 62% of its competitors on a three year basis and 62% of them over the last year for the period ending 3/31/2017. On a year to date basis, HQL has returned 16.36%.

Downside risk has been above average. HQL has a draw down risk of -43.90%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 28.1%. This fund has experienced excessive volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 3/31/2017, the fund was trading at a price of $19.39, which is 1.1% below its 52-week high of $19.60 and 3.0% above its 52-week low of $18.83.

High expense ratio hinders performance. On total assets of $415.00 million, HQL maintains a high expense ratio compared to its Sector - Health/Biotechnology peers of 1.27% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As HQL is a closed end fund, it has no front end or back end load.

Manager tenure is a net positive but performance record lags managerial peers. Substandard fund managers tend to be replaced, so a long tenure is usually a good sign that a fund is achieving its objectives. The Tekla Life Sciences Investors has been managed by Daniel R. Omstead for the last 25 years. Over that period, the manager was able to capture more actual gains in excess of the expected return than just 10% of other fund managers.

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