(Mutual fundFMAGX) is a US-domiciledmutual fundfrom theFidelityfamily of funds. It is perhaps the worlds best knownactively managedmutual fund. On January 14, 2008, Fidelity announced that the fund would open to new investors for the first time in over a decade.

Fidelity earns its income, like most mutual funds, from fees charged on its assets under management. From the funds inception in 1963 through 1977 Magellan grew to $20 million in AUM. The $20 million fund Peter Lynch inherited grew to $14 billion in AUM during his tenure. During Morris Smiths tenure, AUM grew from $14 billion to $20 billion. During Jeffrey Viniks it grew to $50 billion. Bob Stansky certainly experienced the most volatility with respect to AUM during his time with Magellan. In July 1996, his first month as manager, more than $3.5 billion was taken out of the fund as investors redeemed their shares and the portfolio experienced setbacks. Stansky quickly moved out of bonds and into stocks to stop the assets from flowing out. On September 30, 1997 Fidelity decided to close the Magellan Fund to new investors. They believed that the size of the fund was beginning to make it difficult to beat the market.

By the end of the century the Fidelity Magellan Fund had well over $100 billion in assets under management. For quite some time it was the single largest mutual fund in the world. In April 2000, Vanguards S&P 500 index fund displaced Magellan as the largest mutual fund in the world. By the time Stansky retired in 2005, the assets under management for Magellan were back down to $52.5 billion. Harry Lange took over Magellan and promptly changed the portfolio to reflect his view on the market. Today about 25 per cent of Magellan is invested in companies based outside the US. In May 2006, Magellan made a capital gains distribution to shareholders of $22.11 representing roughly 18% of assets. As of 12/31/08 the total AUM for the Magellan Fund stands at $19 billion. Lange has said that he believes Magellan can handle more assets. After being closed for over a decade, on January 14, 2008, Fidelity announced that the fund would be re-opened to new investors.1

On September 13, 2011, Fidelity named Jeffrey S. Feingold, manager of Fidelity Trend Fund, as the next manager of Fidelity Magellan Fund.23Harry Lange presided over the largest drop in assets under management, as a percentage, as well as in absolute dollars, of Magellan.

The largest growth of the fund occurred underPeter Lynchsmanagement with a growth in assets invested in the fund from $18 million to $14 billion during his tenure.4However, the best annual return was 116.08% in 1965, and the best three year record was 68.32% annualized between 1965 and 1967, as the fund was operating with limited assets and oversight.5Peter Lynch took the reins in May 1977 and remained the manager of Magellan for the subsequent thirteen years.6Between 1977 and 1990 the fund averaged over a 29% annual return, making Magellan the best performing mutual fund in the world.7Lynch created the investment process commonly referred to as Buy What You Know.8

Morris Smith replaced Lynch as the manager of Magellan. During the two years he was there he managed to beat the S&P 500 by 7%. He decided to leave investing entirely after his experience at Magellan and has spent time pursuing religious activities.9Jeffrey Vinikspent four years managing Magellan and during that time he produced an 83.70% cumulative return and outperformed the cumulative S&P500 return by 5.91%. Vinik is most often remembered as the manager who moved a high percentage of the portfolio out of technology stocks and into bonds at the wrong time, causing Magellan to underperform its peers for the first time in the funds history. However, others argue that Vinik merely moved into bonds early. Vinik moved Magellan into bonds in the fall of 1995. In the seven years ending in March 2003, on a total return basis, 10-year Treasuries returned 78 percent, AAA corporate bonds returned 46 percent, and, with dividends reinvested, the S&P 500 returned 31 percent. In addition, Viniks strategy would have avoided thedot-com bust.10

Robert Bob Stanskyis a direct disciple of Peter Lynchs having worked as his research assistant from 1984 to 1987. During his time at Magellan Stansky managed to return 238% for the fund. However, the S&P 500 index returned 274% during the same period. This marked the only regime where Magellan underperformed the market. Magellans portfolio closely resembled the S&P 500 during Stanskys tenureso much so that Stansky himself helped coin the phrase closet indexer.Harry W. Langerepresented a change for the Magellan fund. His approach was known as a go everywhere approach. This means he was just as likely to buy small cap stocks as he was large cap stocks, value as he was growth, US companies as he was international.

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Schiller, Gail.Trading Places: An Interview with Morris Smith.

Mahar, Maggie. Bull! A History of the Boom and Bust, 1982-2004 Harper Collins Publishers, Inc. 2004

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William Danoff(portfolio manager, Fidelity Contrafund)

Peter Lynch(former portfolio manager, Magellan Fund)

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