Picking the Right Mutual Funds for Today's Market

It doesn't hurt for investors to play both offense and defense.

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They say in sports that the best defense is a good offense. What’s true on the playing field is also true of this year’s version of the Kiplinger 25, the honor roll of our favorite no-load, actively managed mutual funds. Confronted with a stock market that ex­perienced two sharp sell-offs in the past year, senior associate editor Nellie Huang, our chief mutual funds specialist, has gone on the offensive and replaced seven funds, which is several more than usual. And instead of hunkering down, she is calling plays strategically. On the list, you’ll find new funds that aggressively seek out market opportunities, yet are nimble enough to stay on their feet should the market stumble. It doesn’t hurt for investors to play both offense and defense, and “we’re doing a bit of both,” says Nellie.

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Janet Bodnar

Janet Bodnar is editor-at-large of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, a position she assumed after retiring as editor of the magazine after eight years at the helm. She is a nationally recognized expert on the subjects of women and money, children's and family finances, and financial literacy. She is the author of two books, Money Smart Women and Raising Money Smart Kids. As editor-at-large, she writes two popular columns for Kiplinger, "Money Smart Women" and "Living in Retirement." Bodnar is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and is a member of its Board of Trustees. She received her master's degree from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.