Kiplinger's 25 Favorite No-Load Mutual Funds
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Kiplinger's 25 Favorite No-Load Mutual Funds

The Kiplinger 25 is a list of our favorite no-load mutual funds. We favor funds run by seasoned managers who take a long view and have proved themselves able to weather many a storm. And we prefer low to below-average fees.

See Also: 25 Best Mutual Funds for Low Fees

In the tables below, you can see for each of the 25 funds, expense ratios and one-year, and annualized three-, five-, 10- and 20-year total returns (the fund’s rate of return over a given period of time, including interest, capital gains, dividends and distributions).

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Data through August 31, 2021

Large-Company Stock Funds

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EXPENSE RATIO
DF Dent Midcap GrowthDFDMX25.64%20.04%21.18%17.75%—%0.98%
Dodge & Cox StockDODGX50.9514.3216.2815.449.640.52
Fidelity Blue Chip GrowthFBGRX34.4529.7529.0521.7411.860.78
Mairs & Power GrowthMPGFX38.0018.4016.0615.8310.560.64
T. Rowe Price Dividend GrowthPRDGX29.6317.4816.2815.479.380.63
Vanguard Equity-IncomeVEIPX32.6811.8512.4313.468.760.28
S&P 500-Stock Index
31.17%18.07%18.02%16.34%9.31%
Data through August 31, 2021

Small- and Midsize-Company Stock Funds

FUND NAME SYMBOL 1-YR
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EXPENSE RATIO
American Century Small Cap ValueASVIX65.91%13.72%14.44%13.69%10.68%1.19%
Parnassus Mid CapPARMX28.7913.8912.9713.860.98
Primecap Odyssey GrowthPOGRX35.0111.4517.6716.680.65
T. Rowe Price QM U.S. Small-Cap Growth EquityPRDSX32.0413.1516.4415.6510.480.78
T. Rowe Price Small-Cap ValuePRSVX50.5311.0214.0313.1811.220.76
Russell 2000 Index
47.08%10.75%14.38%13.62%9.66%
Data through August 31, 2021

International Stock Funds

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EXPENSE RATIO
Baron Emerging MarketsBEXFX19.72%11.96%10.25%7.54%—%1.35%
Brown Capital Management International Small CompanyBCSVX35.6419.0121.771.32
Fidelity International GrowthFIGFX25.7316.4014.3510.851.00
Janus Henderson Global Equity Income HFQTX21.155.976.266.750.94
MSCI EAFE Index
26.12%9.00%9.72%7.34%6.14%
Data through August 31, 2021

Specialized/Go-Anywhere Funds

FUND NAME SYMBOL 1-YR
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EXPENSE RATIO
Fidelity Select Health Care PortfolioFSPHX23.31%16.47%17.67%19.78%11.92%0.69%
Vanguard WellingtonVWELX21.8413.3212.1911.398.620.24
MSCI Emerging Markets Index
21.12%9.87%10.404.85%10.26%
Data through August 31, 2021

Bond Funds

FUND NAME SYMBOL 1-YR
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EXPENSE RATIO
DoubleLine Total ReturnDLTNX1.37%3.78%2.69%3.52%—%0.74%
Fidelity Intermediate Municipal IncomeFLTMX3.144.482.883.253.900.34
Fidelity Strategic IncomeFADMX8.696.605.224.746.490.67
Metropolitan West Total ReturnMWTRX0.695.943.454.025.250.67
TIAA-CREF Core Impact Bond FundTSBRX1.105.323.320.61
Vanguard Emerging Markets BondVEMBX6.1511.378.390.60
Vanguard High-Yield CorpVWEHX7.196.565.816.436.360.23
Vanguard Short-term Investment-GradeVFSTX1.463.972.682.533.310.20
Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond Index
-0.08%5.43%3.113.18%4.44%

Source: Morningstar Inc.

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