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Excellent Mutual Funds May 29th, 2010
Good Quality Funds May 22nd, 2010
New Frontiers: Emerging Markets Funds January 4th, 2010

Excellent Mutual Funds

While at the Barnes & Noble today, I got drawned in by a title in US World & Reports: The 100 Best Mutual Funds for the Long Run. Sure enough, I found a few funds that I think are top quality.

Large Cap Value

Comparing it to Fidelity Contrafund, which is considered one the top funds, I can see why Yacktman is on top: 3 year return of 8.9% is much better than -0.2% for the Fidelity fund.

Foreign Large Cap Blend

Very good returns. Better than Marsico Global, also a top rated fund.

Very good returns.

Good Quality Funds

In my retirement accounts, I only hold Mutual Funds. Why? More security. More diversity. I’m also open to holding ETFs, which are almost like Mutual Funds, but I try to stay away from stocks.

It’s good to rebalance every year or so. It’s been a while since I’ve done it. But because we had a decent dip recently, I think it might be a good time for me to do so. Plus, I have come across some excellent Mutual Funds in the Kiplinger’s magazine — I always try to buy their yearly issue focused on Mutual Funds.

Here are some funds which I like and which I picked mostly from that issue. I’m entering trades as I’m writing this post.

Bond Funds

A pair of the best and most famous bond funds, as per Kiplinger’s.

(also available as an ETF, )

Another of our favorites, same source.

The portfolio of Harbor more or less reflects the distilled wisdom of Bill Gross and his colleagues at Pimco. Kiplinger’s top 25 pick.

(also available as an ETF, )
For added security, it’s always have to have some TIPS.

Large-Company Funds

Recently reopened. Kiplinger’s Top 25.

Kiplinger’s Top 25. Impressive returns.

International Funds

Very good returns. Kiplinger’s top 25 pick.

Good returns as well. I like it.

There you have it!

New Frontiers: Emerging Markets Funds

Here are some funds that offer diversified exposure to the emerging markets in Europe, Asia, Africa/Middle East, and Latin America. These are taken from the latest BusinessWeek, Dec 28th edition.

Sorted by 2009 Total Return

98% Europe, 1% Asia, 1% Latin America

70% Africa/Middle East, 30% Europe

100% Africa/Middle East

51% Latin America, 26% Africa/Middle East, 17% Europe, 6% Asia

50% Africa/Middle East, 25% Asia, 22% Europe, 3% Latin America

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