FAUDX vs TMPFX Fund Comparison

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

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Minafi's Take on FAUDX vs TMPFX

Here's an in depth look at the differences between Strategic Advisers® Short Duration Fund ($FAUDX) and Tactical Multi-Purpose Fund ($TMPFX).

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.

80% FI Score
  • faudx
  • Mutual Fund
  • Alternative
  • Short

Strategic Advisers® Short Duration Fund

Expenses: 0.07% (Better than 1% of similar funds)

This is an OK choice for a Short Alternative fund. See why »

  • tmpfx
  • Mutual Fund
  • Alternative
  • Short

Tactical Multi-Purpose Fund

Expenses: 100.00% (Better than 0% of similar funds)

This is a bad choice for a Short Alternative fund. See why »

Both $FAUDX and $TMPFX 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 Alternative Short 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.

Market Score 8.6 /10 0.0 /10
Category Score 0.0 /10 0.0 /10
Total 8.6 0.0

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: $FAUDX

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, FAUDX has an expense ratio of 0.07% while TMPFX has an expense ratio of 100.00%.

Winner: $FAUDX

Fund Size Comparison

One place these two funds differ is in their total assets under management. This 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.

In the case of these two funds, FAUDX is a large fund with 8.04 Billion in assets under management. TMPFX, on the other hand, is a small fund with 20 Thousand in assets under management.

Winner: $FAUDX, Strategic Advisers® Short Duration Fund

Which Should You Choose? FAUDX or TMPFX?

Since both of these funds are Alternative Short 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 FAUDX a score of 80 and TMPFX a score of 0.

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.


Strategic Advisers® Short Duration Fund


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Rating Type Rating
Expense Ratio Score 10 /10
Expense Rating 9 /10
Market Score 9 /10
Category Score 0 /10
Overview Details
Fund Type Mutual Fund
Inception Date Dec-20-2011
Exchange NMFQS
Expense Ratio 0.070%
Net Assets 8.04 Billion
Yield 2.28%
Description Info
Market Alternative
Category Short
  • Agency MBS ARM 0.03%
  • Agency MBS CMO 1.19%
  • Agency MBS Pass-Through 3.39%
  • Asset-Backed 14.96%
  • Bank Loan 0.70%
  • Cash & Equivalents 22.07%
  • Commercial MBS 3.29%
  • Convertible 2.54%
  • Corporate 47.43%
  • Corporate Bond 44.19%
  • Covered Bond 0.05%
  • Government 6.48%
  • Municipal 0.28%
  • Non-Agency Residential MBS 1.48%
  • Non-U.S. Government 0.50%
  • Other -1.91%
  • Other Government Related -6.79%
  • Preferred 0.00%
  • Securitized 24.93%
  • U.S. Agency 0.25%
  • U.S. Treasury 11.85%
  • U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected 0.67%


Tactical Multi-Purpose Fund


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Rating Type Rating
Expense Ratio Score 0 /10
Expense Rating 0 /10
Market Score 0 /10
Category Score 0 /10
Overview Details
Fund Type Mutual Fund
Inception Date Mar-30-2017
Exchange NMFQS
Expense Ratio 100.000%
Net Assets 20 Thousand
Yield 0.00%
Description Info
Market Alternative
Category Short
  • Agency MBS ARM 0.00%
  • Agency MBS CMO 0.00%
  • Agency MBS Pass-Through 0.00%
  • Asset-Backed 0.00%
  • Bank Loan 0.00%
  • Cash & Equivalents 100.00%
  • Commercial MBS 0.00%
  • Convertible 0.00%
  • Corporate 0.00%
  • Corporate Bond 0.00%
  • Covered Bond 0.00%
  • Government 0.00%
  • Municipal 0.00%
  • Non-Agency Residential MBS 0.00%
  • Non-U.S. Government 0.00%
  • Other 0.00%
  • Other Government Related 0.00%
  • Preferred 0.00%
  • Securitized 0.00%
  • U.S. Agency 0.00%
  • U.S. Treasury 0.00%
  • U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected 0.00%

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