How Barron’s Ranks the Fund Families: To qualify for the Barron’s Fund Survey, a fund family must have at least three funds in Lipper’s general equity category, one in world equity, one mixed-asset fund (such as a balanced or target-date fund), two taxable-bond funds, and one national tax-exempt bond fund. Fund loads and 12b-1 fees aren’t included in the calculation of returns because the aim is to measure the manager’s skill.
Each fund’s return is measured against all funds in its Lipper category, resulting in a percentile ranking of 100 being the highest and one the lowest. This result is then weighted by asset size, relative to the fund family’s other assets in its general classification. If a family’s biggest funds do well, that boosts its overall showing; poor performance in its biggest funds hurts a firm’s ranking. Finally, the score is multiplied by the general classification weightings as determined by the entire Lipper universe of funds.
The category weightings for the one-year results in 2018 were general equity, 34.8%; mixed asset, 21.3%; world equity, 17.1%; taxable bond, 22.4%; and tax-exempt bond, 4.4%. The category weightings for the five-year results in 2018 were general equity, 35.9%; mixed asset, 19.7%; world equity, 17.3%; taxable bond, 22.5%; and tax-exempt bond, 4.5%. For the 10-year list, they were general equity, 37.1%; mixed asset, 20%, world equity, 16.7%; taxable bond, 21.2%; and tax-exempt bond, 4.9%. Ranking data is from Lipper.
Source: Barron’s, 3/8/19. Overall, MainStay Funds ranked number 2 for the one-year period, 21 for the five-year period, and 31 for the 10-year period ended December 31, 2018, out of 57 fund families. Past performance is no guarantee of future results, which will vary. For the most recent MainStay Funds performance, please visit our web site at mainstayinvestments.com.
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