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The 25 Best Low-Fee Mutual Funds You Can Buy

Illustration by Joey Guidone


At Kiplinger, we’ve been writing about mutual funds since the 1950s, and we’ve been putting together a list of our favorite no-load mutual funds since 2004, drawing on the broad experience of our editors. We believe in holding funds rather than trading them, so we focus on promising funds with solid long-term records – and managers with tenures to match.

Also, we prefer funds with below-average volatility for their category, and we keep a close eye on a fund’s size because a gargantuan asset base makes managing a fund difficult. And, of course, low operating costs are crucial for our funds – all actively managed – to overcome the biggest advantage of index funds: microscopic expense ratios.


Our slide show will give you a quick introduction to each of the 25 low-fee mutual funds: what makes them tick, and what kind of returns they’ve delivered. Check it out.

SEE ALSO: The Best Mutual Funds in 401(k) Retirement Plans

Data is as of Sept. 25, 2018, unless otherwise noted. Three-, five- and 10-year returns are annualized.
* Forward yield based on the most recent distribution.
– Fund not in existence for the entire period.


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