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15 important things you should know about Invesco VAFAX mutual fund

Updated: September 28, 2020
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Bull Case
  • 5-year return above the benchmark
  • 15-year return above the benchmark
Bear Case
  • 3-year return below the benchmark
  • 10-year return below the benchmark
  • High expense ratio
  • Sales load and/or distribution fees

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact Sheet

1. Describe AIM Counselor Series Trust (Invesco Counselor Series Trust): Invesco American Franchise Fund; Class A Shares (VAFAX).

The Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in a portfolio of equity securities of U.S. issuers that have resilient business franchises and growth potential.

2. What are VAFAX top holdings?

VAFAX has 80 stock holdings and 0 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 47.94% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Amazon.com Inc AMZN 10.38%
Microsoft Corp MSFT 5.78%
Alphabet Inc A GOOGL 5.71%
Facebook Inc A FB 4.61%
Lowe's Companies Inc LOW 4.08%
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd ADR BABA 4.03%
Apple Inc AAPL 3.98%
Visa Inc Class A V 3.34%
Salesforce.com Inc CRM 3.07%
Activision Blizzard Inc ATVI 2.96%

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

VAFAX has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is -4.04%;
  • 3-month return is 8.66%;
  • 1-year return is 32.18%;
  • 3-year return is 18.05%;
  • 5-year return is 16.68%;
  • 10-year return is 14.66%;
  • 15-year return is 10.84%.

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

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

VAFAX up and down years

5. What is VAFAX dividend yield?

VAFAX yield is 0%.

6. What is VAFAX minimum initial investment amount?

VAFAX minimum initial investment amount is $1.00K.

7. What is VAFAX expense ratio?

VAFAX expense ratio is 1.01%. The expense ratio of a fund is the total percentage of fund assets used for administrative, management, and all other expenses.

VAFAX expenses

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

VAFAX 12b-1 distribution fee is 0.25. VAFAX front-end sales load is 5.5. VAFAX back-end sales load is 0.

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

  • 1-year ax cost ratio is 1.56%;
  • 3-year ax cost ratio is 1.67%.
VAFAX tax costs

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

  • 3-year beta is 1.09;
  • 5-year beta is 1.12;
  • 10-year beta is 1.11;
  • 15-year beta is 1.00.
VAFAX Beta

11. What is VAFAX Sharpe ratio?

  • 3-year Sharpe ratio is 0.80;
  • 5-year Sharpe ratio is 0.78;
  • 10-year Sharpe ratio is 0.91;
  • 15-year Sharpe ratio is 0.68.
VAFAX Sharpe ratio

Analysis

12. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is 33. Our quantitative analysis shows 2 reasons to buy and 4 reasons to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 33.

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

The following are VAFAX strengths from our perspective:

  • <strong>VAFAX 5-year return</strong> is 16.68%, which is in line with the 5-year return of the benchmark index (Russell 1000 Growth TR USD), 18.39%.
  • <strong>VAFAX 15-year return</strong> is 10.84%, which is in line with the 15-year return of the benchmark index (Russell 1000 Growth TR USD), 11.85%.

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

The following are VAFAX weaknesses from our perspective:

  • <strong>VAFAX 3-year return</strong> is 18.05%, which is lower than the 3-year return of the benchmark index (Russell 1000 Growth TR USD), 20.53%.
  • <strong>VAFAX 10-year return</strong> is 14.66%, which is lower than the 10-year return of the benchmark index (Russell 1000 Growth TR USD), 16.95%.
  • <strong>VAFAX expense ratio</strong> is 1.01%, which is not negligible. Is the fund expensive to you, and does it align to your investment strategy?
  • Warning: this fund has a 12b1 and front-end sales fee. The maximum 12b1 fee is 0.25%, while the maximum front-end sales load is 5.5%. A 12b-1 fee is an annual marketing or distribution fee on a mutual fund. Front-end sales load, also known as sales charge, is a fee paid when mutual funds shares are purchased. Those fees are subtracted from your total investable assets.
In the VAFAX review, we covered VAFAX 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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