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    Top 25 Mutual Funds

    The top 25 mutual funds according to Kiplinget.com as of September 30, 2009 are:

    FUND NAME SYMBOL

    Baron Small Cap BSCFX

    CGM Focus CGMFX

    Dodge & Cox Stock DODGX

    Fairholme Fund FAIRX

    FBR Focus FBRVX

    Fidelity Contrafund FCNTX

    Fidelity Low-Priced Stock FLPSX

    FPA Crescent FPACX

    Longleaf Partners LLPFX

    Pimco CommodityRealRet Strat D PCRDX

    Selected American Shares S SLASX

    T. Rowe Price Equity Income PRFDX

    T. Rowe Price Mid-Cap Growth RPMGX

    T. Rowe Price Small-Cap Value PRSVX

    Vanguard Primecap Core VPCCX

    Vanguard Selected Value VASVX

    Artio International Equity II A JETAX

    Dodge & Cox Intl Stock DODFX

    Marisco Global MGLBX

    T. Rowe Price Emg Mkts Stock PRMSX

    Dodge & Cox Income DODIX

    Fidelity Intermediate Municipal Income FLTMX

    Harbor Bond Institutional HABDX

    Loomis Sayles Bond LSBRX

    Vanguard Infl-Protected Secs VIPSX

    These mutual funds cover a wide variety of assets. They give a specific mix to bring about a better return, and a buffer against normal market downturns. All have a proven track record. Many have been in existence from three to five years, and have increased in value.

    Each one suits the needs of a specific type of investor. How fast to grow his investment? How much is there to invest? Is there interest in a specific asset, a market sector, or investments in international mutual funds?

    These mutual funds have reasonable investment minimums and expense ratios. Initial investments range from $1,000.00 to $10,000.00. Most are suitable for IRA investing. Expense ratios are between 0% and 1.5%. They have no maximum loads.

    There are six categories: large-company funds, small- and mid-cap funds, overseas/global funds, go-anywhere funds, commodity funds, and bond funds. The one category with the best overall returns is the bond funds. It has had steady growth for ten years. In the last year, several have had between 15% and 20% growth.

    While this past year has been tough for the industry, these funds have reasonably weathered the storm. As with any investing, it pays to research a fund to check its current health, and overall track record. Pay attention to market trends. See which mix of assets is performing well. Determine how much risk is reasonable. Remember that the final choice is the investor's.

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