The Five Best Stock Funds to Own Now

Risks continue to rise along with share prices. Here are a few midyear changes to my 2014 picks designed to reduce the danger.

The investing world is full of surprises. Consider emerging markets. Many investors finally threw in the towel on developing-markets stocks a few months ago after several years of lousy returns, including a 7.3% tumble in January alone. What happened next? Emerging markets reversed course and went nearly straight up, more than erasing their January losses. So far this year, the MSCI Emerging Markets index has returned 6.0% (all returns are through June 24).

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Steven Goldberg
Contributing Columnist,
Steve has been writing for Kiplinger's for more than 25 years. As an associate editor and then senior associate editor, he covered mutual funds for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine from 1994-2006. He also authored a book, But Which Mutual Funds? In 2006 he joined with Jerry Tweddell, one of his best sources on investing, to form Tweddell Goldberg Investment Management to manage money for individual investors. Steve continues to write a regular column for and enjoys hearing investing questions from readers. You can contact Steve at 301.650.6567 or