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15 important things you should know about Aberdeen GWLIX mutual fund

Updated: September 18, 2020
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Bull Case
  • No sales load or distribution fees
Bear Case
  • Low net assets
  • 3-year return below the benchmark
  • 5-year return below the benchmark
  • 10-year return below the benchmark
  • High expense ratio

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact Sheet

1. Describe Aberdeen Funds: Aberdeen Global Equity Fund; Institutional Class Shares (GWLIX).

The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital. The Fund invests 80% of its net assets in equity securities issued by companies located throughout the world (including the U.S.), defined as companies with strong and improving franchise that are well positioned to take advantage of growth opportunities in their industries.

2. What are GWLIX top holdings?

GWLIX has 43 stock holdings and 0 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 34.85% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Microsoft Corp MSFT 4.62%
Tencent Holdings Ltd 00700 4.35%
Visa Inc Class A V 4.29%
Autodesk Inc ADSK 3.68%
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd ADR TSM.TW 3.38%
Alphabet Inc A GOOGL 3.03%
Roche Holding AG Dividend Right Cert. ROG 2.96%
AIA Group Ltd 01299.HK 2.87%
Keyence Corp 6861 2.85%
CME Group Inc Class A CME 2.82%

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

GWLIX has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is 2.51%;
  • 3-month return is 7.31%;
  • 1-year return is 11.51%;
  • 3-year return is 5.57%;
  • 5-year return is 8.21%;
  • 10-year return is 6.60%.

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

In the last 10 years, GWLIX had 6 up years and 4 down years. See Performances

5. What is GWLIX dividend yield?

GWLIX yield is 0.91%.

6. What is GWLIX minimum initial investment amount?

GWLIX minimum initial investment amount is N/A.

7. What is GWLIX expense ratio?

GWLIX expense ratio is 1.19%. The expense ratio of a fund is the total percentage of fund assets used for administrative, management, and all other expenses. See Expenses

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

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

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

  • 1-year ax cost ratio is 0.95%;
  • 3-year ax cost ratio is 1.89%.

See Taxes

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

  • 3-year beta is 0.92;
  • 5-year beta is 0.89;
  • 10-year beta is 0.87.

See Risks

11. What is GWLIX Sharpe ratio?

  • 3-year Sharpe ratio is 0.20;
  • 5-year Sharpe ratio is 0.29;
  • 10-year Sharpe ratio is 0.49.

See Risks

Analysis

12. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is 17. Our quantitative analysis shows 1 reason to buy and 5 reasons to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 17.

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

The following are GWLIX strengths from our perspective:

  • Good news: this fund does not have 12b1, front-end or back-end sales fees.

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

The following are GWLIX weaknesses from our perspective:

  • <strong>GWLIX net assets</strong> are $1.40 million. This fund is not a popular choice with retail investors.
  • <strong>GWLIX 3-year return</strong> is 5.57%, which is lower than the 3-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI ACWI NR USD), 8.25%.
  • <strong>GWLIX 5-year return</strong> is 8.21%, which is lower than the 5-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI ACWI NR USD), 10.5%.
  • <strong>GWLIX 10-year return</strong> is 6.6%, which is lower than the 10-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI ACWI NR USD), 9.28%.
  • <strong>GWLIX expense ratio</strong> is 1.19%, which is not negligible. Is the fund expensive to you, and does it align to your investment strategy?
In the GWLIX review, we covered GWLIX 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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