Best Technology Mutual Funds to Buy in 2020

Is Now a Good Time to Invest in Technology Funds?

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Long-term investors can take advantage of the down market in 2020 and buy shares of technology sector mutual funds. While sector funds tend to be more volatile,  bear-market prices can be hard to resist. Find out if tech funds are right for you before you buy.

What Are Technology Mutual Funds?

A technology mutual fund is a mutual fund that invests primarily in the technology sector of the economy. The technology sector includes technology-related businesses, such as:

  • Computer hardware manufacturers
  • Software manufacturers
  • Electronics services
  • Technology services
  • Information technology
  • Business data processing
  • Entertainment streaming

Some examples of technology companies include Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Netflix (NFLX), and Facebook (FB).

Why Invest In Technology Mutual Funds?

Perhaps the greatest advantage of buying technology mutual funds is that you can gain access and exposure to dozens or even hundreds of technology stocks in just one fund. Another advantage is that you don’t have to spend time researching and analyzing individual stocks.

Instead, you can buy a low-cost index fund or a top actively-managed fund that concentrates its holdings in a number of technology stocks. An index fund mimics the holdings of the index it follows, whereas an actively managed fund tries to beat the market through a bespoke mix of stocks and bonds.

The technology sector can be volatile because of quickly outdated technology, changing regulations and products or services with short life cycles. 

How We Found the Best Tech Sector Funds

There are dozens of technology mutual funds on the market. We used an online mutual fund research tool with a few key selection criteria to narrow our list down to five technology funds:

  • Expenses: We eliminated funds that charge loads (sales charge/commission) and those that have high expense ratios (above 1.00%).
  • Performance: To make our list of technology funds, we eliminated actively-managed funds that did not beat their target benchmark for 5- and 10-year returns. For index funds investing in technology, their performance needed to closely match that of its target benchmark.

Best Technology Sector Mutual Funds for 2020

Using the above selection criteria, and in no particular order, here are the best tech funds for 2020:

Fidelity Select Technology (FSPTX)

This may be the best choice overall if you're looking for an actively-managed technology fund. The performance for all the main time frames—1-, 3-, 5- and 10-year returns—places FSPTX ahead of the average fund in the category of technology sector funds. The portfolio consists primarily of large-cap technology names like AAPL and MSFT. Expenses are reasonable at 0.72%.

Columbia Global Technology Growth (CMTFX)

CMTFX is an actively-managed technology mutual fund that invests in tech stocks around the globe. Performance beats the technology category average in the 5- and 10-year returns and the expense ratio is 0.99%. Top holdings include AAPL and MSFT.

Fidelity Select Semiconductors (FSELX)

Investors wanting focused exposure to semiconductor stocks may consider adding FSELX to their portfolio. Examples of FSELX top holdings include Intel Corp (INTC) and Qualcomm (QCOM). FSELX’s expenses are 0.73%.

Fidelity Select Software and IT Services (FSCSX)

Another focused, specialty technology fund from Fidelity is FSCSX. It concentrates its holdings in the tech sub-sector of software and information technology. A commonly known example of a software provider is Microsoft (MSFT), and Salesforce.com (CRM) is an example of information technology. Both of these are top holdings in FSCSX. The expense ratio is 0.72%.

Vanguard Information Technology Index (VITAX)

This tech sector fund from Vanguard will appeal to investors who want a low-cost, passively managed mutual fund. Some investors will be priced out of VITAX with the minimum initial purchase requirement of $100,000. There's good news, however: A Vanguard ETF version (ticker VGT) has the same low expense ratio of 0.10% with a per-share price of around $200.

Bottom Line

Technology stock mutual funds can be good investments for long-term investors with a high tolerance for risk. Technology is an aggressive growth stock category, which means that potential investors should be comfortable with price volatility—ups and downs in value—which can be more pronounced than a broadly diversified fund like an S&P 500 Index fund.

Also, keep in mind that smart investors don't try to time the market by jumping in and out of investments in the short-term. Instead, they will employ a buy and hold strategy for periods of more than one year. It’s generally wise to build a diversified portfolio that combines multiple asset types (stocks, bonds, and cash) in diverse categories. 

Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided for discussion purposes only, and should not be misconstrued as investment advice. Under no circumstances does this information represent a recommendation to buy or sell securities.

Article Sources

  1. Fidelity Investments. "Fidelity Select Technology Portfolio." Accessed March 25, 2020.

  2. Columbia Threadneedle Investments. "Columbia Global Technology Growth Fund." Accessed March 25, 2020.

  3. Fidelity Investments. "Fidelity Select Semiconductors Portfolio." March 25, 2020.

  4. Fidelity Investments. "Fidelity Select Software and IT Services Portfolio." March 25, 2020.

  5. Vanguard. "Vanguard Information Technology Index Fund Admiral Shares." Accessed March 25, 2020.