Wells Fargo Funds Management [see profile]
plans to merge away eight Advantage mutual funds next quarter. Yesterday the mutual fund arm of the giant bank revealed
the eight planned mergers.
, Core Equity
, Disciplined Global Equity
, Disciplined Value
, Growth Opportunities
, Mid Cap Growth
, Small Cap Growth
and VT Core Equity
will all disappear, pending shareholder approval, and Emerging Growth
(which is acquiring Small Cap Growth) will close to new investors. Wells will also shift management of Disciplined U.S. Core
and two mutual fund component portfolios into the hands of Golden Capital Management
, which the bank will soon own a 65 percent stake in.
In yesterday's "Fund Times" column, Morningstar mutual fund analyst Harry Milling ponders
several of the mergers. In the case of Opportunity
acquiring Core Equity, Morningstar expects costs to go down, but worries that the two funds invest in different worlds (mid-cap versus large cap, respectively). Morningstar praises Wells' decision to partially close Emerging Growth after it swallows Small Cap Growth, but notes that only $27.7 million of the combined $1.3 billion comes from the acquiring fund, Emerging Growth, meaning the merger might not drive down fees.
Neil Anderson, Managing Editor
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