DSE vs FIF Fund Comparison

A comparison between DSE and FIF based on their expense ratio, growth, holdings and how well they match their benchmark performance.

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Minafi's Take on DSE vs FIF

Here's an in depth look at the differences between Duff & Phelps Select Energy MLP and Midstream Energy Fund Inc. ($DSE) and First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund ($FIF).

To start off, here's a look at the basics of each fund. Keep an eye on the FI Score. That's a custom score from 0 to 100 that we generate based on how good this fund is for the casual investor. Most investors only need a handful of total funds in their portfolio. The higher the score, the more likely this is one of those few. Score alone isn't enough! Keep reading on to see how different (or perhaps similar) these two funds are.

37% FI Score
  • dse
  • Mutual Fund
  • Other
  • Master Limited Partnership

Duff & Phelps Select Energy MLP and Midstream Energy Fund Inc.

Expenses: 4.52% (Better than 0% of similar funds)

This is a bad choice for a Master Limited Partnership Other fund. See why »

50% FI Score
  • fif
  • Mutual Fund
  • Other
  • Master Limited Partnership

First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund

Expenses: 2.65% (Better than 1% of similar funds)

This is an OK choice for a Master Limited Partnership Other fund. See why »

Both $DSE and $FIF are categorized as Mutual Funds. Mutual funds are often offered by 401(k) platforms and are essentially the same as ETFs. Mutual funds are generally offered by an investment platform – Fidelity has Fidelity mutual funds, Vanguard has Vanguard mutual funds. Mutual funds are ideal for retirement investing since you can invest any amount. That allows you to invest every last cent and benefit from the market.

The biggest disadvantage of mutual funds is that you're usually limited to the funds on your investment platform. If you're investing on Fidelity, you'll want to pick Fidelity mutual funds (or any ETF). Same with Vanguard. Some platforms offer mutual funds from other platforms, but they may charge a purchse or redemption fee. I'd recommend using the same platform as your funds – or stick to ETFs.

To learn more about the difference between these two, you can read about the difference between ETFs and Mutual Funds.

When evaluating a fund, the first things I look at are:

  • What it invests in
  • How much it charges in fees
  • How large the fund is

Let's look into these criteria one by one and see if either of these funds stands out.

Fund Holdings Comparison

Both of these funds are Other Master Limited Partnership funds – which means they're likely both investing in about the same investments behind the scenes.

Minafi's FI Score algorithm takes into account the category and market. The more niche a fund is, the lower the score. This doesn't mean it's a worse fund, but it does mean you should stop and make sure this a fund you need to diversify your portfolio.

DSE FIF
Market Score 10.0 /10 10.0 /10
Category Score 0.0 /10 0.0 /10
Total 10.0 10.0

A score of 10 means this is a solid market and category that almost every investor will want to have investments in. The lower the score, the more specific the investment. These scores are based on when most investors would add these funds to their portfolio. A score of 10 means that this fund (or one like it) belongs in a three-fund portfolio. The lower the score, the farther down in your portfolio a fund would go.

Winner: tie

Fee Comparison

Fees are one of the biggest killers of portfolio growth. The difference between a 2% fee and a 0.04% fee over 30 years can result in your portfolio having half the total value!

If you're just getting started investing and learning how fees impact your portfolio, I'd encourage you to read through my free investment course (specifically '2.2 - All About Fees') where I go over all the different types of fees you can be charged and how to lower them.

For these two funds, DSE has an expense ratio of 4.52% while FIF has an expense ratio of 2.65%.

Winner: $FIF

Fund Size Comparison

Both DSE and FIF have a similar number of assets under management. DSE has in assets under management, while FIF has .

Minafi categorizes both of these funds as large funds. Fund size is a good indication of how many other investors trust this fund. A large fund by itself doesn't mean it's a good fund, but it is one thing to consider when figuring out how to choose the right fund.

Winner: tie

Which Should You Choose? DSE or FIF?

Since both of these funds are Other Master Limited Partnership funds, you'll most likely only need to invest in one of these funds – not both. Running both of these funds through Minafi's FI Score algorithm, gives DSE a score of 37 and FIF a score of 50.

Neither of these funds has an FI Score above 90 – which is a red flag. I'd look into more funds to find one with a higher FI Score.

Winner: Neither, I'd research more funds if you're looking to invest for retirement.

$DSE

Duff & Phelps Select Energy MLP and Midstream Energy Fund Inc.

37

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Ratings
Rating Type Rating
Expense Ratio Score 0 /10
Expense Rating 0 /10
Market Score 10 /10
Category Score 0 /10
Overview
Overview Details
Fund Type Mutual Fund
Inception Date Jun-25-2014
Exchange NYSE
Expense Ratio 4.520%
Net Assets
Yield 0.00%
Holdings
Description Info
Market Other
Category Master Limited Partnership
Sectors
  • Basic Materials 0.00%
  • Communication Services 0.00%
  • Consumer Cyclical 0.00%
  • Consumer Defensive 0.00%
  • Energy 98.03%
  • Financial Services 0.00%
  • Healthcare 0.00%
  • Industrials 1.97%
  • Real Estate 0.00%
  • Technology 0.00%
  • Utilities 0.00%
Regions
  • Asia Emerging 0.78%
  • Europe Developed 0.68%
  • North America 96.57%
  • United Kingdom 1.97%

$FIF

First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund

50

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Ratings
Rating Type Rating
Expense Ratio Score 5 /10
Expense Rating 0 /10
Market Score 10 /10
Category Score 0 /10
Overview
Overview Details
Fund Type Mutual Fund
Inception Date Sep-27-2011
Exchange NYSE
Expense Ratio 2.650%
Net Assets
Yield 0.00%
Holdings
Description Info
Market Other
Category Master Limited Partnership
Sectors
  • Basic Materials 1.00%
  • Communication Services 0.00%
  • Consumer Cyclical 0.00%
  • Consumer Defensive 0.00%
  • Energy 58.88%
  • Financial Services 0.00%
  • Healthcare 0.00%
  • Industrials 0.00%
  • Real Estate 0.36%
  • Technology 0.00%
  • Utilities 39.75%
Regions
  • North America 100.00%

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