14 important things you should know about American Beacon STSIX mutual fund

Updated: June 29, 2020
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Before we start: if you’re looking for STSIX “stock” price, you can quickly find it out by visiting Finny and typing "STSIX quote". If you’re looking for a quick scoop on STSIX "stock" (price chart, key stats, buy or sell analysis and holdings), go to Finny and look for "STSIX". You’ll get all this info in one place.

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

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

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

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

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

Fact Sheet

1. Describe American Beacon Funds: American Beacon Stephens Small Cap Growth Fund; Institutional Class Shares (STSIX).

The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital. The Fund invests primarily in common stock of U.S. companies with small market capitalizations. The Fund will seek to identify growth stocks using a disciplined, bottom-up approach, employing quantitative analysis and fundamental research with a focus on earnings growth.

2. What are STSIX top holdings?

STSIX has 91 stock holdings and 0 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 19.19% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Icon PLC ICLR.IR 2.27%
Trex Co Inc TREX 2.09%
Encore Capital Group Inc ECPG 2.03%
PRA Group Inc PRAA 2.01%
Five9 Inc FIVN 1.97%
Omnicell Inc OMCL 1.79%
Repligen Corp RGEN 1.77%
Chegg Inc CHGG 1.76%
Envestnet Inc ENV 1.75%
Kornit Digital Ltd KRNT 1.75%

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

STSIX has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is 16.83%;
  • 3-month return is -5.82%;
  • 1-year return is -0.16%;
  • 3-year return is 11.45%;
  • 5-year return is 8.83%;
  • 10-year return is 11.67%.

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

In the last 10 years, STSIX had 8 up years and 2 down years.

5. What is STSIX dividend yield?

STSIX yield is 0%.

6. What is STSIX minimum initial investment amount?

STSIX minimum initial investment amount is $250.00K.

7. What is STSIX expense ratio?

STSIX expense ratio is 0.99%. The expense ratio of a fund is the total percentage of fund assets used for administrative, management, and all other expenses.

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

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

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

  • 1-year ax cost ratio is 2.24%;
  • 3-year ax cost ratio is 3.39%.

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

  • 3-year beta is 1.22;
  • 5-year beta is 1.20;
  • 10-year beta is 1.15.

11. What is STSIX Sharpe ratio?

  • 3-year Sharpe ratio is 0.21;
  • 5-year Sharpe ratio is 0.22;
  • 10-year Sharpe ratio is 0.56.

Analysis

12. What is STSIX Finny Score? STSIX buy or sell?

STSIX Finny Score is 44. Our quantitative analysis shows 4 reasons to buy STSIX and 5 reasons to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 44.

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

The following are STSIX strengths from our perspective:

  • STSIX 3-year return is 11.45%, which is higher than the 3-year return of the benchmark index (Russell 2000 Growth TR USD), 5.68%.
  • STSIX 5-year return is 8.83%, which is higher than the 5-year return of the benchmark index (Russell 2000 Growth TR USD), 5.63%.
  • STSIX 10-year return is 11.67%, which is higher than the 10-year return of the benchmark index (Russell 2000 Growth TR USD), 10.73%.
  • Good news: this fund does not have 12b1, front-end or back-end sales fees.

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

The following are STSIX weaknesses from our perspective:

  • STSIX net assets are $256.40 million. This fund is not a popular choice with retail investors.
  • STSIX expense ratio is 0.99%, which is not negligible. Is the fund expensive to you, and does it align to your investment strategy?
  • STSIX 3-year Beta is 1.22, which is higher than the index (S&P 500 TR USD) 3-year beta, 1.00. The fund is perceived to be riskier than the comparable index based on the previous 3 years.
  • STSIX 5-year Beta is 1.2, which is higher than the index (S&P 500 TR USD) 5-year beta, 1.00. The fund is perceived to be riskier than the comparable index based on the previous 5 years.
  • STSIX 10-year Beta is 1.15, which is higher than the index (S&P 500 TR USD) 10-year beta, 1.00. The fund is perceived to be riskier than the comparable index based on the previous 10 years.
In the STSIX review, we covered STSIX 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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