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My pick for the best mutual fund with a 1-year return is the American Funds New Perspective Fund® Class F-1 which boasts a 1-year return of 28.78%. You can find this fund with the ticker symbol NPFFX. Now although future returns are all speculative, that is a phenomenal return for any short-term investor. Hypothetically that means that if you invest $2,500, which is the minimum to invest, today and sell out at the end of the year, you’ll have made $719.50. Now, this fund is of a moderate risk and has 319 holdings, the top 5 of which are Amazon, Facebook Inc. A, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, Naspers Ltd Class N, and Microsoft Corporation. This fund is technically a world fund which is why you see such a diverse set of holdings. As mentioned earlier this fund is a 5-star fund and has no transaction fees.
Alright, so my pick for the best 5-year fund is the Fidelity® 500 Index Fund — Institutional Premium Class which boasts a 5-year return of 15.78%. You can find this fund with the ticker symbol FXAIX.
This fund has no minimum so hypothetically if you invest $2,500 today and sell out in 5 years, you’ll have made roughly $2,703.50 which I found using a custom Excel calculator that accounts for compound interest.
Moving into my third pick which is for the mutual fund with the best 10-year return. The fund I pick for this category is the Fidelity® Nasdaq® Composite Index Fund which boasts a 10-year return of 11.09%. You can find this fund with the ticker symbol FNCMX.
Similar to the first fund, this fund has a minimum of $2,500 so hypothetically if you invest $2,500 today and sell out in 10 years, you’ll have made roughly $7,156.32 which I again found using a custom Excel calculator that accounts for compound interest. This fund is of a moderate risk and consists of 2,196 holdings, the top 5 of which are Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp, Facebook Inc. A, Amazon Inc., and ALPHABET INC CL C. So I think we’re starting to see a trend here between the top holdings of these funds. As our world becomes more tech-driven, leading companies such as apple an Microsoft will continue to grow.
Alright, my fourth pick which is for the best foreign mutual fund is the Fidelity® International Enhanced Index Fund which boasts one year return of 27.59%, a five-year return of 9.35%, and a ten-year return of 2.3%. Because of its weak 10 year return, I would consider this a short to mid-year hold which would be around 2 to 5 years. You can find this fund with the ticker symbol FIENX.
Like most Fidelity funds, this fund has a minimum of $2,500 so hypothetically if you invest $2,500 today and sell out in 5 years, you’ll have made roughly $1,406.93. This fund is of a moderate risk and consists of 264 holdings, the top 5 of which are, excuse my pronunciation, NOVARTIS AG (REG), NESTLE SA (REG), ROCHE HLDGS AG (GENUSSCHEINE), TOTAL SA (FRAN), and BAYER AG. So it's nice to see some different holdings than the last funds but I’m sure you saw some familiar names there like Bayer and Nestle. Now the benefit to holding a foreign fund is that it’s less correlated with the US stock market. That means that during a recession, your foreign holdings may fair better than your US holdings.
Okay, so my fifth and final pick which is for the best balanced mutual fund is the T. Rowe Price Personal Strategy Growth Fund which has one year return of 21.91%, a five-year return of 11.60%, and a ten-year return of 7.06%. Although a 10-year return of 7.06% is still decent, I would also recommend this as a medium-term hold. You can find this fund with the ticker symbol TRSGX.
This fund has a minimum of $2,500 so hypothetically if you invest $2,500 today and sell out in 5 years, you’ll have made roughly $1,827.74. This fund is of a lower risk and consists of Cash, convertibles, domestic bonds, preferred stock, foreign bonds, foreign stock, domestic stock, and others, whatever that means. Because this is a balanced fund, it’s already diversified which makes it a lot easier for the investor.
The reason I recommend this fund is because it has a lengthy history of excellent performance and it’s already diversified which makes it a nice holding during a recession.
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