How a fund has performed in the past can’t tell you how it will perform in the future. But it can give you an idea of how the fund has performed in different market conditions. It can also tell you how the fund compares to:
other funds with the same investment objective, and
a relevant benchmark such as a market or sector index that tracks a group of selected investments.
Fees reduce the return on your investment. The management fees and operating expenses (MER) paid by a fund are reflected in its published rate of return.
Where to find performance information
Websites of mutual fund companies
Management reports of fund performance – the annual and semi-annual performance reports that mutual funds must issue. They include the fund’s returns for various periods and a discussion about what affected the fund’s performance in the past year. They're available from:
the mutual fund company, and
Warning: Don't chase performance. Just because a fund did well last year doesn't mean it will achieve the same return this year. Make sure it fits with your investment goals and your other investments.
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