3 Great Mutual Fund Picks for Your Retirement

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It is never too late to invest in mutual funds for retirement. As such, if you plan to invest in some of the best funds, the Zacks Mutual Fund Rank can provide you with valuable guidance.

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The easiest, most reliable way to judge a mutual fund’s quality over time is by analyzing its performance, diversification, and fees. The Zacks Mutual Fund Rank, which covers over 19,000 mutual funds, has helped us identify three outstanding options that are perfect for any long-term investors’ portfolios that is retirement-focused.

Here are the funds that have achieved the Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and have low fees.

Fidelity Advisor Equity Growth I (EQPGX): 0.71% expense ratio and 0.53% management fee. EQPGX is a part of the Large Cap Growth mutual fund category, which invest in many large U.S. companies that are expected to grow much faster compared to other large-cap stocks. With annual returns of 13.54% over the last five years, this fund is a winner.

Neuberger Berman Guardian Trust (NBGTX): 1.03% expense ratio and 0.88% management fee. NBGTX is a part of the Large Cap Value category, and invests in equities with a market capitalization of $10 billion or more, but whose share prices do not reflect their intrinsic value. NBGTX, with annual returns of 13.17% over the last five years, is a well-diversified fund with a long track record of success.

Elfun Trusts (ELFNX) is an attractive large-cap allocation. ELFNX is classified as a Large Cap Blend fund. More often than not, Large Cap Blend mutual funds invest in companies with a market cap of over $10 billion. Buying stakes in bigger companies offer these funds more stability, and are well-suited for investors with a “buy and hold” mindset. ELFNX has an expense ratio of 0.18%, management fee of 0.14%, and annual returns of 12.39% over the past five years.

These examples highlight the fact that there are some astonishingly good mutual funds out there. If your advisor has you in the good ones, bravo! If not, you may need to have a talk.

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