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15 important things you should know about American Century Investments BEGBX mutual fund

Updated: July 07, 2021
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Bull Case
  • 3-year return above the benchmark
  • No sales load or distribution fees
Bear Case
  • Low net assets
  • 5-year return below the benchmark
  • 10-year return below the benchmark
  • 15-year return below the benchmark
  • High expense ratio

Before we start: if you’re looking for BEGBX “stock” price, you can quickly find it out by visiting Finny and typing "BEGBX quote". If you’re looking for a quick scoop on BEGBX "stock" (price chart, key stats, buy or sell analysis and holdings), go to Finny and look for "BEGBX". You’ll get all this info in one place.

Are you looking to buy or sell BEGBX? Or perhaps you’re looking for BEGBX fact sheet, and learn about its alternatives? If so, you came to the right place.

In this BEGBX mutual fund review, we’ll address key questions our readers have been asking us about this fund, above and beyond what you can find in its prospectus, and on Morningstar or Yahoo Finance.

Here is what you’ll be able to find in this review:

  • Fact Sheet: BEGBX performance, returns, expense ratio, holdings and dividend yield;
  • Analysis: BEGBX buy or sell; the pros and cons of investing in BEGBX mutual fund;
  • Alternatives: other ETFs and mutual funds you should consider as alternatives to BEGBX.

And here is the list of questions we’ll answer:

  1. Describe American Century International Bond Funds: International Bond Fund; Investor Class Shares (BEGBX).
  2. What are BEGBX holdings?
  3. What is BEGBX performance? What are BEGBX historical returns?
  4. How many up and down years did BEGBX have historically?
  5. What is BEGBX dividend yield?
  6. What is BEGBX minimum initial investment amount?
  7. What is BEGBX expense ratio?
  8. Does BEGBX have any sales loads or 12b-1 distribution expenses?
  9. What is BEGBX tax efficiency (tax-cost ratio)?
  10. What is BEGBX beta? How would you assess BEGBX risk?
  11. What is BEGBX Sharpe ratio?
  12. What is BEGBX Finny Score? BEGBX buy or sell?
  13. What are the pros of investing in BEGBX? What are BEGBX buy reasons?
  14. What are the cons of investing in BEGBX? What are BEGBX sell reasons?

So let’s start. Scroll down to the question that interests you the most.

Fact Sheet

1. Describe American Century International Bond Funds: International Bond Fund; Investor Class Shares (BEGBX).

The Fund seeks high total return by investing in high-quality, nondollar-denominated government and corporate debt securities outside the U.S.

2. What are BEGBX top holdings?

BEGBX has 0 stock holdings and 313 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 45.32% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Us 10yr Ultra Fut Dec20 Xcbt 20201221 N/A 11.36%
10yr Mini Jgb Fut Dec20 Xsim 20201211 N/A 5.33%
Japan(Govt Of) 2.4% N/A 4.67%
Us 10yr Note (Cbt)dec20 Xcbt 20201221 N/A 4.35%
Japan (Government Of) 2% N/A 3.96%
VanEck Vectors JP Morgan EM LC Bd ETF EMLC 3.80%
Jpn 10y Bond(Ose) Dec20 Xose 20201214 N/A 3.78%
China Development Bank 3.5% N/A 3.05%
Japan (Government Of) 0.1% N/A 2.55%
China (People's Republic Of) 3.25% N/A 2.47%

3. What is BEGBX performance? What are BEGBX historical returns?

BEGBX has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is -1.94%;
  • 3-month return is 0.81%;
  • 1-year return is 0.81%;
  • 3-year return is 3.13%;
  • 5-year return is 1.11%;
  • 10-year return is 0.45%;
  • 15-year return is 2.26%.

4. How many up and down years did BEGBX have historically?

In the last 10 years, BEGBX had 6 up years and 4 down years.

BEGBX up and down years

5. What is BEGBX dividend yield?

BEGBX yield is 1.69%.

6. What is BEGBX minimum initial investment amount?

BEGBX minimum initial investment amount is $3.00K.

7. What is BEGBX expense ratio?

BEGBX expense ratio is 0.8%. The expense ratio of a fund is the total percentage of fund assets used for administrative, management, and all other expenses.

BEGBX expenses

8. Does BEGBX have any sales loads or 12b-1 distribution expenses?

BEGBX 12b-1 distribution fee is 0. BEGBX front-end sales load is 0. BEGBX back-end sales load is 0.

9. What is BEGBX tax efficiency (tax-cost ratio)?

  • 1-year ax cost ratio is 0.66%;
  • 3-year ax cost ratio is 0.41%.
BEGBX tax costs

10. What is BEGBX beta? How would you assess BEGBX risk?

BEGBX Beta

11. What is BEGBX Sharpe ratio?

  • 3-year Sharpe ratio is 0.27;
  • 5-year Sharpe ratio is 0.05;
  • 10-year Sharpe ratio is 0.01;
  • 15-year Sharpe ratio is 0.19.
BEGBX Sharpe ratio

Analysis

12. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is 29. Our quantitative analysis shows 2 reasons to buy and 5 reasons to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 29.

13. What are the pros of investing in BEGBX? What are BEGBX buy reasons?

The following are BEGBX strengths from our perspective:

  • BEGBX 3-year return is 3.13%, which is in line with the 3-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Ex USD TR USD), 3.22%.
  • Good news: this fund does not have 12b1, front-end or back-end sales fees.

14. What are the cons of investing in BEGBX? What are BEGBX negatives?

The following are BEGBX weaknesses from our perspective:

  • BEGBX net assets are $258.10 million. This fund is not a popular choice with retail investors.
  • BEGBX 5-year return is 1.11%, which is lower than the 5-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Ex USD TR USD), 1.56%.
  • BEGBX 10-year return is 0.45%, which is lower than the 10-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Ex USD TR USD), 0.99%.
  • BEGBX 15-year return is 2.26%, which is lower than the 15-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Ex USD TR USD), 3.09%.
  • BEGBX expense ratio is 0.8%, which is not negligible. Is the fund expensive to you, and does it align to your investment strategy?
In the BEGBX review, we covered BEGBX key stats (return, performance, yield, expense ratio, and holdings), buy and sell analysis, and alternative investments. If this review was helpful to you, feel free to check out other mutual fund and ETF reviews.
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