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Mutual Funds

101 Most Popular Funds for Retirement Savers

Take a look at BrightScope's rankings of the 101 most popular mutual funds based on 401(k) assets under management.

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Americans have $4.4 trillion invested in 401(k)s, according to the Investment Company Institute, making these tax-deferred savings accounts a vital part of retirement planning for many. BrightScope, a financial-information company that rates retirement savings plans, compiled this list for Kiplinger of the most popular mutual funds based on funds' 401(k) assets under management.

See Also: 28 Best Mutual Funds for Retirement Savers

Here is the list of the top 101 funds for 401(k)s.

      Annualized Total Return  
Rank Fund Name Symbol 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Fund Type
1 Vanguard Institutional Index VINIX 5.19 16.17 14.31 7.85 Large Blend
2 PIMCO Total Return PTTRX 1.53 1.49 3.17 5.94 Intermediate-Term Bond
3 Fidelity Contrafund FCNTX 8.97 17.17 13.97 9.37 Large Growth
4 American Funds EuroPacific Growth AEPGX -0.13 7.98 4.70 5.93 Foreign Large Growth
5 Fidelity Spartan 500 Index FUSEX 5.12 16.10 14.24 7.78 Large Blend
6 Vanguard Total Bond Market Index VBMFX 1.70 1.43 2.80 4.58 Intermediate-Term Bond
7 Fidelity Growth Company FDGRX 9.66 19.94 16.60 11.03 Large Growth
8 Vanguard Wellington VWELX 2.98 10.39 10.03 7.75 Moderate Allocation
9 Dodge & Cox Stock DODGX 0.92 16.55 13.81 6.53 Large Value
10 Vanguard 500 Index VFINX 5.07 16.02 14.16 7.73 Large Blend
11 American Funds Growth Fund of America AGTHX 6.67 17.04 13.43 7.95 Large Growth
12 Fidelity Freedom 2020 FFFDX 1.45 7.03 6.73 5.25 Target Date 2016-2020
13 Fidelity Low-Priced Stock FLPSX 3.67 15.33 13.22 9.20 Mid-Cap Value
14 Vanguard PRIMECAP VPMCX 5.67 20.80 15.31 10.10 Large Growth
15 Vanguard Extended Market Index VEXMX 1.10 15.32 13.10 8.44 Mid-Cap Blend
16 Fidelity Freedom 2030 FFFEX 1.68 8.84 7.88 5.44 Target Date 2026-2030
17 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 VTTVX 1.56 9.28 8.54 6.08 Target Date 2021-2025
18 Vanguard Windsor II VWNFX 1.57 13.61 13.00 6.73 Large Value
19 Fidelity Diversified International FDIVX 3.29 9.98 6.35 4.83 Foreign Large Growth
20 Vanguard Mid Capitalizatoin Index VMCIX 4.24 17.38 14.07 8.87 Mid-Cap Blend
21 Vanguard Target Retirement 2020 VTWNX 1.61 8.49 8.00 - Target Date 2016-2020
22 Dodge & Cox International Stock DODFX -8.08 8.75 4.68 5.27 Foreign Large Blend
23 Fidelity Freedom 2025 FFTWX 1.57 8.26 7.54 5.57 Target Date 2021-2025
24 Vanguard Total Intl Stock Index VGTSX -4.89 4.96 2.62 3.97 Foreign Large Blend
25 Vanguard Small Cap Index NAESX 0.87 14.98 13.18 8.56 Small Blend
26 T. Rowe Price Retirement 2020 TRRBX 1.20 9.02 8.49 6.51 Target Date 2016-2020
27 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 VTTHX 1.28 10.84 9.56 6.36 Target Date 2031-2035
28 Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Index VTSMX 4.27 15.88 13.99 7.99 Large Blend
29 Vanguard Target Retirement 2030 VTHRX 1.41 10.06 9.06 - Target Date 2026-2030
30 T. Rowe Price Retirement 2030 TRRCX 1.68 10.99 9.78 6.95 Target Date 2026-2030
31 Fidelity Freedom 2040 FFFFX 1.66 9.90 8.42 5.55 Target Date 2036-2040
32 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 VTXVX 1.49 7.31 7.27 5.82 Target Date 2011-2015
33 Fidelity Freedom 2035 FFTHX 1.72 9.77 8.34 5.59 Target Date 2031-2035
34 T. Rowe Price Growth Stock PRGFX 12.12 20.21 16.03 9.73 Large Growth
35 T. Rowe Price Mid-Cap Growth RPMGX 11.66 20.11 15.57 11.02 Mid-Cap Growth
36 Harbor Capital Appreciation Instl HACAX 12.16 20.25 15.79 9.00 Large Growth
37 T. Rowe Price Retirement 2025 TRRHX 1.46 10.11 9.17 6.73 Target Date 2021-2025
38 Vanguard Target Retirement 2040 VFORX 1.02 11.24 9.80 - Target Date 2036-2040
39 Fidelity Freedom 2015 FFVFX 1.38 6.43 6.26 5.23 Target Date 2011-2015
40 T. Rowe Price Retirement 2040 TRRDX 1.91 12.09 10.41 7.16 Target Date 2036-2040
41 Harbor International HAINX -1.48 5.79 4.26 6.36 Foreign Large Blend
42 MainStay Large Cap Growth MLAAX 8.10 17.96 14.04 9.11 Large Growth
43 T. Rowe Price Equity Income PRFDX -2.50 10.82 10.87 6.28 Large Value
44 Fidelity Balanced FBALX 2.75 10.95 10.06 7.10 Moderate Allocation
45 Vanguard International Growth VWIGX -1.96 7.58 4.81 5.66 Foreign Large Growth
46 Fidelity Puritan FPURX 3.70 11.28 10.28 7.25 Moderate Allocation
47 Neuberger Berman Genesis NBGNX 4.12 12.82 12.59 8.47 Mid-Cap Growth
48 American Funds American Balanced ABALX 4.21 11.39 10.77 7.18 Moderate Allocation
49 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 VTIVX 1.02 11.24 9.80 6.60 Target Date 2041-2045
50 Columbia Acorn Z ACRNX 1.14 11.63 10.65 7.71 Mid-Cap Growth
51 Oakmark Equity & Income OAKBX -0.79 9.64 8.41 7.11 Moderate Allocation
52 T. Rowe Price Blue Chip Growth TRBCX 12.29 20.98 16.91 9.84 Large Growth
53 Vanguard Balanced Index VBINX 3.34 10.00 9.62 6.94 Moderate Allocation
54 Thornburg International Value TGVAX 6.71 7.22 4.10 5.85 Foreign Large Growth
55 American Beacon Lg Cap Value AADEX -0.73 14.23 12.48 6.68 Large Value
56 MFS Value MEIAX 4.81 15.59 13.32 7.79 Large Value
57 T. Rowe Price Retirement 2035 TRRJX 1.85 11.69 10.19 7.04 Target Date 2031-2035
58 American Funds Fundamental Investors ANCFX 6.23 15.56 12.83 8.52 Large Blend
59 Fidelity Spartan Extended Market Index FSEMX 1.25 15.32 13.07 8.73 Mid-Cap Blend
60 Artisan Mid Cap ARTMX 3.87 16.55 13.91 10.59 Mid-Cap Growth
61 BlackRock Equity Dividend MBDVX 1.46 10.22 10.35 6.87 Large Value
62 American Funds Washington Mutual AWSHX 2.61 14.39 13.43 7.40 Large Value
63 American Funds New Perspective ANWPX 7.24 13.32 10.17 8.34 World Stock
64 Vanguard Explorer VEXPX -0.62 15.39 12.74 7.63 Small Growth
65 Vanguard Growth Index VIGRX 7.61 17.33 14.93 8.96 Large Growth
66 Fidelity Freedom 2045 FFFGX 1.68 10.11 8.53 - Target Date 2041-2045
67 Dodge & Cox Balanced DODBX 1.14 12.60 11.16 6.36 Moderate Allocation
68 Vanguard Instl Total Stock Market Index VITNX 4.42 16.10 14.19 8.16 Large Blend
69 Fidelity Freedom 2010 FFFCX 1.18 6.04 6.00 5.08 Target Date 2000-2010
70 Fidelity Spartan US Bond Idx Investor FBIDX 1.86 1.45 2.85 4.36 Intermediate-Term Bond
71 T. Rowe Price Institutional Large Cap Growth TRLGX 10.86 21.53 16.30 9.83 Large Growth
72 T. Rowe Price Retirement 2015 TRRGX 0.90 7.83 7.66 6.25 Target Date 2011-2015
73 Vanguard Inflation-Protected Secs VIPSX -1.34 -2.12 1.90 3.94 Inflation-Protected Bond
74 American Funds Capital World Growth and Income CWGIX -0.95 10.77 7.94 6.92 World Stock
75 Fidelity OTC Portfolio FOCPX 9.35 23.83 16.98 12.07 Large Growth
76 Goldman Sachs Mid Cap Value GSMCX -1.65 14.15 11.65 7.72 Mid-Cap Value
77 Morgan Stanley Inst Mid Cap Growth MPEGX -9.57 10.48 6.99 7.86 Mid-Cap Growth
78 BlackRock Global Allocation MBLOX -0.30 5.43 4.32 5.57 World Allocation
79 Oppenheimer Developing Markets ODMAX -17.86 -1.40 -0.72 7.84 Diversified Emerging Mkts
80 T. Rowe Price Small-Cap Stock OTCFX 1.15 14.53 13.87 9.29 Small Growth
81 AllianzGI NFJ Small-Cap Value PSVIX -4.62 10.13 9.82 8.14 Small Value
82 Fidelity Spartan International Index FSIIX -1.26 7.75 4.69 4.04 Foreign Large Blend
83 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth FBGRX 8.52 20.39 16.00 9.79 Large Growth
84 Fidelity Freedom 2050 FFFHX 1.73 10.20 8.58 - Target Date 2046-2050
85 JPMorgan Mid Cap Value Instl FLMVX 4.20 15.43 15.01 9.48 Mid-Cap Value
86 Schwab S&P 500 Index SWPPX 5.10 16.09 14.22 7.81 Large Blend
87 T. Rowe Price New Horizons PRNHX 7.93 19.85 18.54 11.50 Small Growth
88 Vanguard Windsor VWNDX 1.76 16.23 13.57 6.86 Large Value
89 JPMorgan Large Cap Growth Select SEEGX 8.77 17.49 14.40 9.62 Large Growth
90 Vanguard Value Index VIVAX 2.29 14.88 13.26 6.83 Large Value
91 Davis New York Venture NYVTX 6.48 15.20 11.68 6.06 Large Blend
92 Artisan Mid Cap Value ARTQX -4.44 10.86 10.43 7.98 Mid-Cap Value
93 Fidelity International Discovery FIGRX 3.52 9.56 6.06 5.27 Foreign Large Growth
94 Vanguard Target Retirement 2050 VFIFX 1.02 11.25 9.81 - Target Date 2046-2050
95 Vanguard Morgan Growth VMRGX 10.44 18.48 14.30 8.43 Large Growth
96 Vanguard Target Retirement Income VTINX 1.38 4.38 5.24 5.31 Retirement Income
97 PIMCO Real Return PRTNX -3.20 -2.75 1.35 3.97 Inflation-Protected Bond
98 Vanguard Developed Markets Index Admiral VTMGX -1.17 7.91 4.72 4.15 Foreign Large Blend
99 Vanguard Small Cap Growth Index VISGX 0.04 13.76 12.83 8.95 Small Growth
100 American Beacon Small Cap Value Instl AVFIX 0.87 15.00 12.59 7.77 Small Value
101 Vanguard Wellesley Income VWINX 3.25 6.57 7.89 7.22 Conservative Allocation

Notes:

Fund returns as of October 31, 2015. Funds listed and accompanying symbols are for the oldest share class and may not represent the share class available in employers' retirement plans. Sources: BrightScope, Morningstar.