Oppenheimer Equity Income Fund

Scorecard
2 / 5 Stars
Lipper
2 2 3 4 1
Zacks Investment Research
1 (Strong Buy)
Standard & Poor's
4 / 5 Stars
TheStreet.com
C+ (Hold)

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Performance

The fund has returned 24.57 percent over the past year, 12.16 percent over the past three years, 24.67 percent over the past five years, and 8.80 percent over the past decade.

Trailing Returns Updated 02.28.2014
Year to date 0.2%
1 Year 24.6%
3 Years (Annualized) 12.2%
5 Years (Annualized) 24.7%
10 Years (Annualized) 8.8%

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Summary

Oppenheimer Equity Income has stepped on the gas.

As of March 05, 2014, the fund has assets totaling almost $5.73 billion invested in 446 different holdings. Its portfolio consists primarily of shares of large companies.

Lately, this fund has been on a tear. After beating the broader market by 16 percentage points in 2009, the fund returned 21 percent last year‑enough to land it in the top 2 percent of Morningstar's large-value category. Recently, this fund, like many of its value-oriented peers, has been heavily invested in financial services companies. As of the end of October 2010, 28 percent of the fund's stock sleeve was in the financial sector. Notably, names like JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and MetLife occupy prominent spots in its portfolio. The fund has returned 24.57 percent over the past year and 12.16 percent over the past three years. 

Historically, this fund has been a solid performer. Its approach, which emphasizes undervalued companies--preferably ones that pay dividends--has traditionally worked out quite well. As of the end of January, the fund's trailing 10-year returns beat those of the S&P 500 by an average of upwards of 4 percentage points per year. The fund has returned 24.67 percent over the past five years and 8.80 percent over the past decade.

Investment Strategy

According to the fund's prospectus: "In selecting investments for the Fund, the portfolio manager mainly relies on a value-oriented investing style. A security may be undervalued because the market is not aware of the issuer's intrinsic value, does not yet recognize its future potential, or the issuer may be temporarily out of favor. The Fund seeks to realize gains in the prices of those securities when other investors recognize their real or prospective worth. The Fund also looks for securities that offer higher than average dividends."

Role in Portfolio

This fund could lend support to a well-balanced portfolio.

Management

Michael Levine manages the fund.

Fees

Oppenheimer Equity Income Fund has an expense ratio of 0.71 percent. 

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Risk

Like all stock funds, this one comes with some risks.

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