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Thomas Kenny

Barron's Ranks the Best Fund Families for Bond Investors

By February 12, 2013

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Barron's is out with its rankings of the best mutual fund families based on their performance in 2012. On the bond side, Barron's split out its rankings between the taxable and tax-exempt categories. In the taxable bond segment, the top fund families were:

  • Virtus Investment Partners
  • Lord Abbett & Co.
  • Frost Investment Advisors
  • Franklin Templeton

In the non-taxable category, the top families of 2012 were:

  • Pioneer Investment Management
  • Oppenheimer Funds
  • Lord Abbett & Co.
  • Hartford
  • Mainstay Funds

Keep in mind, these are backward-looking rankings that can - and will - exhibit major shifts from year to year. Also, a key driver of outperformance in one year - for instance, an above-average position in corporate bonds - can be a negative in the subsequent year. As a result, this list can be used for information purposes, but it shouldn't be a guide for picking fund families that are likely to outperform in 2013 and beyond.

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