A Short-Term Bond Fund That Stands Out

Thompson Bond has excelled by loading up on medium-rated corporate debt.

It has been a surprisingly good year for bonds. Yields have fallen when most experts expected them to rise. But with interest rates still exceptionally low, the risks of owning bonds are great (bond prices move opposite to rates). One way to lessen the danger is to invest in a short-term bond fund. Few such funds have shone as brightly as Thompson Bond (THOPX). Over the past year, the fund has beaten 97% of its peers. And it has been in the top 11% of funds in the taxable short-term bond category in each of the past six calendar years, including 2014.

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.