Russel Kinnel

Russel Kinnel

Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
One-Stop Global Funds
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One-Stop Global Funds

Most of these funds that invest in stocks and bonds from all over the worlds come with a sales charge. Here are some options to avoid that extra cost.
March 14, 2011
2010's Most Disappointing Funds
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2010's Most Disappointing Funds

Muhlenkamp offers a reminder of how hard it is to marry big-picture calls with strong stock selection.
February 7, 2011
Surprise! Mutual Fund Fees Fall
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Surprise! Mutual Fund Fees Fall

Investing with two of the biggest fund companies may cost you less, and one fund company will pay you.
December 3, 2010
Is Momentum Investing Dead?
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Is Momentum Investing Dead?

Investors of momentum funds have gathered mediocre results over the past decade. But some fund companies are still drawn to the strategy.
November 8, 2010
Old Mutual Fund Stars Can Still Shine
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Old Mutual Fund Stars Can Still Shine

Consider buying once-great funds if they can pass two important tests.
October 8, 2010
Round Out Your Collection of Bond Funds
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Round Out Your Collection of Bond Funds

Make Pimco Total Return the core of a bond portfolio and complement it with other funds.
September 3, 2010
Beware Mutual Funds' Shifting Styles
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Beware Mutual Funds' Shifting Styles

Market upheavals can quickly swing industries from growth to value and back again -- and knock your portfolio off balance.
August 6, 2010
Flex Funds Stumble
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Flex Funds Stumble

Funds with bolder allocation strategies are struggling because of the Greek financial crisis.
July 8, 2010
Funds for All Seasons
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Funds for All Seasons

A few funds have managed to outpace their benchmarks in both rallies and selloffs.
June 1, 2010
The High Court on Fees
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The High Court on Fees

The ruling maintains the status quo, so investors should seek out low-cost funds and let fund companies that overcharge feel it in the pocketbook.
May 7, 2010
Get In While You Can
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Get In While You Can

There's a lot to be said for a fund that doesn't hesitate to close to new investors.
April 30, 2010
Stock Jockeys Try Bonds
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Stock Jockeys Try Bonds

Fairholme and Third Avenue have new funds that venture into bonds.
March 12, 2010
Fidelity’s Unsung Heroes
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Fidelity’s Unsung Heroes

I can think of three managers who may stick around and for whom I’m willing to stick out my neck.
February 4, 2010
Fund Fees on Trial
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Fund Fees on Trial

The most intriguing outcome would be a court ruling that puts downward pressure on fees.
January 22, 2010
Under-the-Radar Picks
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Under-the-Radar Picks

These funds aren't hot performers. They are simply funds that have gradually built strong records.
December 3, 2009
Four Big Surprises
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Four Big Surprises

Some funds managed to perform well both this year and last, and others were stinkers both years.
November 16, 2009
When to Pull the Plug
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When to Pull the Plug

It's natural to want to punish your poor performers. But if you're not careful, you may punish yourself.
October 29, 2009
Why Your Results Stink
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Why Your Results Stink

Volatile funds push all the wrong emotional buttons. When they go way up, we get greedy and buy.
October 29, 2009
An Undiscovered Gem
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An Undiscovered Gem

Manning & Napier has built a line of relatively low-cost stock funds and balanced funds that have delivered strong risk-adjusted results.
October 29, 2009
5 Ways to Vet a Fund
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5 Ways to Vet a Fund

Here's how to identify the most important information
October 29, 2009
Funds for the Frazzled
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Funds for the Frazzled

If you lose sleep over the short-term twists of the stock market, find a great fund that cuts the risk.
April 3, 2009
Last Rites for Big Mo
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Last Rites for Big Mo

Is momentum investing washed up?
March 8, 2009
Fidelity Funds in a Funk
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Fidelity Funds in a Funk

The pickings are slim at this investment house.
January 6, 2009
The Future for Funds
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The Future for Funds

After this bear market, we may see money flowing to a select few fund shops.
December 5, 2008
Dial Down Your Risk
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Dial Down Your Risk

To keep losses to a minimum, look at asset-allocation funds.
November 5, 2008
The Year's Best Newbies
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The Year's Best Newbies

These recently launched funds stand out from the pack.
October 7, 2008
The Primecap Edge
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The Primecap Edge

This premier growth fund manager isn't getting the attention it deserves.
September 30, 2008