When it comes to investing, quality matters.

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When it comes to investing, quality matters. Which is why we've pulled together our picks of mutual fund brands you can trust in the September 2006 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. These mutual fund families treat their clients as if they were partners. They keep their management fees reasonable, and their funds post superior long-term results.

Want to invest with a standout? Here are some of the best funds available to new customers among our 12 best families. We highlight the styles of their individual managers, as well as what sets many of these funds apart. Take a look and see if any of these are right for you.

By Lisa Dixon and Steven Goldberg