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12 Great Low-Fee Stock Funds

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Volatility has returned to the stock market, and that’s when a seasoned fund manager can really earn his or her keep. Whether it’s rising interest rates, trade-war fears or geopolitical instability, a professional investor who’s seen both good times and bad is usually a wiser steward of capital.

That’s why Kiplinger prefers mutual funds with solid long-term records – and managers with tenures to match. Also, we prefer funds with below-average volatility for their category, and we keep a close eye on a fund’s size because a gargantuan asset base makes managing a fund difficult.

And, of course, low operating costs are crucial for our funds – all actively managed – to overcome the biggest advantage of index funds: microscopic expense ratios.

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When it comes to investing through volatile markets, these 12 stock funds culled from the list of our favorite low-fee mutual funds all make the grade.

SEE ALSO: The 25 Best Low-Fee Mutual Funds You Can Buy

Funds are listed alphabetically by ticker symbol. Returns, yields and expense ratios are as of June 20, 2018. Three-, five- and 10-year returns are annualized. Data provided by Morningstar.

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