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Is FSRRX a Strong Bond Fund Right Now?

MF Bond Report for FSRRX

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If you have been looking for Investment Grade Bond - Intermediate funds, it would not be wise to start your search with Fidelity Strategic Real Return (FSRRX). FSRRX has a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank of 4 (Sell), which is based on nine forecasting factors like size, cost, and past performance.

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Objective

We note that FSRRX is an Investment Grade Bond - Intermediate option, which is a segment loaded with many different investment options. By targeting bonds that mature in more than three years but less than 15 years, Investment Grade Bond - Intermediate funds are a middle of the curve option. Fixed income instruments at this maturity level usually have medium duration risk, but their yields are respectable, especially in comparison to their short-maturity counterparts. Additionally, a focus on investment grade makes these funds safer, but yields tend to be lower than in the junk bond category.

History of Fund/Manager

FSRRX is a part of the Fidelity family of funds, a company based out of Boston, MA. The Fidelity Strategic Real Return made its debut in September of 2005 and FSRRX has managed to accumulate roughly $233.14 million in assets, as of the most recently available information. The fund's current manager is a team of investment professionals.

Performance

Obviously, what investors are looking for in these funds is strong performance relative to their peers. This fund has delivered a 5-year annualized total return of 5.27%, and is in the top third among its category peers. But if you are looking for a shorter time frame, it is also worth looking at its 3-year annualized total return of 6.86%, which places it in the top third during this time-frame.

When looking at a fund's performance, it is also important to note the standard deviation of the returns. The lower the standard deviation, the less volatility the fund experiences. Compared to the category average of 13.36%, the standard deviation of FSRRX over the past three years is 9.67%. Looking at the past 5 years, the fund's standard deviation is 7.65% compared to the category average of 11.02%. This makes the fund less volatile than its peers over the past half-decade.

With a beta of 0.3, this fund is less volatile than a broad market index of fixed income securities. Taking this into account, FSRRX has a positive alpha of 3.55, which measures performance on a risk-adjusted basis.

Expenses

Costs are increasingly important for mutual fund investing, and particularly as competition heats up in this market. And all things being equal, a lower cost product will outperform its otherwise identical counterpart, so taking a closer look at these metrics is key for investors. In terms of fees, FSRRX is a no load fund. It has an expense ratio of 0.75% compared to the category average of 0.79%. From a cost perspective, FSRRX is actually cheaper than its peers.

While the minimum initial investment for the product is $0, investors should also note that there is no minimum for each subsequent investment.

Bottom Line

Overall, Fidelity Strategic Real Return ( FSRRX ) has a low Zacks Mutual Fund rank, and in conjunction with its comparatively strong performance, average downside risk, and lower fees, this fund looks like a somewhat weak choice for investors right now.

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