A Bumper Crop of Fantastic Retirement Funds

Retirees and those nearing the end of their careers must consider growth, income and safety for their investments. Here are 10 mutual funds and ETFs that keep those requirements in mind.

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Benjamin Franklin famously said that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. In the 21st century, we can add a third: the need to save for retirement.

The traditional pension plan is all but extinct in the private sector and isn't as generous as it used to be in the public sector. And Social Security, while certainly a nice baseline of income, generally won't be enough to pay all your bills.


All returns are as of Sept. 2, 2021. Fund yields represent the trailing 12-month yield, which is a standard measure for equity funds, unless otherwise noted. ETFs do not have a minimum initial investment; you can buy as little as one share (or even fractional if your brokerage allows).

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Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA is the Chief Investment Officer of Sizemore Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisor based in Dallas, Texas, where he specializes in dividend-focused portfolios and in building alternative allocations with minimal correlation to the stock market.