Technology has increasingly become an indispensible part of our daily lives and the future prospects of this sector only seem brighter. However, the boom of tech funds in the late nineties and their subsequent downfall during the decline that followed has invoked a certain degree of skepticism even among those bullish on this category. But for investors seeking aggressive growth over the long term, investing in funds that focus on technology and innovation could be a prudent option in times to come.
Below we will share with you 5 top rated technology mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we expect these mutual funds to outperform their peers in the future. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all technology funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.
Fidelity Select Software and Computer Services (FSCSX) seeks capital appreciation. The fund invests the majority of its assets in companies whose principal operations are related to software or information-based services. The fund may purchase foreign securities and invest a heavily in a single issuer. The technology mutual fund has a five year annualized return of 7.01%.
The technology mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $2,500 and an expense ratio of 0.81% compared to a category average of 1.60%.
USAA Science & Technology (USSCX) invests a large share of its assets in companies which expect to gain from scientific and technological advances. A maximum of half of its assets may be utilized to purchase foreign securities from either domestic or foreign markets. The technology mutual fund has a five year annualized return of 1.27%.
As of Janaury 2012, this technology mutual fund held 146 issues, with 8.20% of its total assets invested in Apple, Inc.
HighMark NYSE ArcaTech 100 Index A (PPTIX) seeks capital appreciation. The fund invests in nearly all of the securities which make up the NYSE Arca Tech 100 Index in nearly the same proportion. A minimum of 90% of its assets are invested in securities included in the index. The technology mutual fund has a five year annualized return of 3.87%.
The fund manager is Donald J. Nesbitt and he has managed this technology mutual fund since 2009.
Goldman Sachs Technology Tollkeeper A (GITAX) invests the majority of its assets in equity securities of Tollkeeper companies .These are companies that are positioned to benefit from the proliferation of technology. A maximum of 25% of its assets may be utilized to purchase foreign securities. The technology mutual fund has a five year annualized return of 5.08%.
The technology mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $1,000 and an expense ratio of 1.02% compared to a category average of 1.60%.
Vanguard Information Technology Index (VITAX) seeks to mimic the performance of the MSCI US Investable Market Information Technology 25/50 Index by utilizing an indexing -investment approach. The fund invests almost all its assets in equity securities which are included in the index. The technology mutual fund has a five year annualized return of 3.76%.
The fund manager is Michael Perre and he has managed this technology mutual fund since 2004.
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