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4 Great Mutual Funds You Can Invest in for $125 or Less

Some fund families are willing to take on tiny accounts in the hope a long-term relationship will eventually blossom.

The picks below are part of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s annual Best List, a roundup of the best values in all the areas we cover — from funds, stocks and ETFs to credit cards and bank accounts to cars, college, kid stuff, phone plans, travel and health. Discover all our Best List picks here.

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Start with funds on Schwab’s OneSource list for breadth of choice. Many of them come with $100 min­imums and no transaction fee. One such fund is Schwab Total Stock Market Index (symbol SWTSX); it charges a low annual fee of 0.09% to boot.

For super-low minimums, invest in an ETF. You can buy one share of WisdomTree International LargeCap Dividend (DOL) commission-free through E*Trade for just $43. And $47 buys a single share of Vanguard Total International Stock (VXUS) at Vanguard without commission. Buy just one share of iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (IJR) through Fidelity or TD Ameritrade and you’ll pay no commission, just the $124 price of the fund. All three are members of the Kiplinger ETF 20. (Prices are as of September 30.)

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