The Tenth Year … and the Ninth Inning
Ten years ago this month, we launched the first issue of the Mutual Fund Observer, “a site in the tradition of FundAlarm.” As the antiquated text below notes, FundAlarm was one of the industry’s most independent, critical voices for 15 years, from 1996-2011. I had the privilege of writing for FundAlarm over its last five years. While the publisher and curmudgeon-in-chief Roy Weitz knew that his time was drawing to a close, he and over 100 readers were sure that the mission of FundAlarm – to be a thoughtful voice and unabashed champion of “the little guy” – was not.
And so the Mutual Fund Observer was born. Continue reading →
The Mutual Fund Observer writes for the benefit of intellectually curious, serious investors— managers, advisers, and individuals—who need to go beyond marketing fluff, beyond computer- generated recommendations and beyond Morningstar’s coverage universe.
We are non-profit, non-commercial, independent and accessible. Our special focus is on innovative, independent new and smaller funds. MFO’s mission is to provide readers with calm, intelligent arguments and to provide independent fund companies with an opportunity to receive thoughtful attention even though they might not yet have drawn billions in assets. Its coverage universe has been described as “the thousands of funds off Morningstar’s radar,” a description one fund manager echoes as “a Morningstar for the rest of us.”
What the Observer Provides
A monthly commentary, featuring a variety of voices that speak from many different perspectives but who all share the same values: intelligence, respect, civility.
Profiles of funds you ought to know more about. We ask three questions to start:
- Is there any reason this fund should even exist, other than because the manager needs a job?
- Is there any reason to believe that the manager can execute the strategy?
- Is there any reason to believe that the manager will end up sabotaging it?
If we find satisfactory answers to all three, we start digging through the public record, proceed to speak with the managers and end up defending a judgment.
Rich analytics focusing on risk, as well as rosters of distinguished and disastrous funds.
A lively discussion board, whose active members are diverse, lively, passionate …and occasionally hilarious.
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