The 5 Best Fidelity Stock Funds to Buy for the Long-Term

Some investors have given up on actively managed stock funds in recent years, instead turning to dirt-cheap index funds that passively track a benchmark.

Some investors have given up on actively managed stock funds in recent years, instead turning to dirt-cheap index funds that passively track a benchmark. Index funds can get the job done. But the record of Fidelity's stock mutual funds makes a strong case that you should invest at least a portion of your money in some of its superior active funds.

Gun-slinging Fidelity managers including Peter Lynch dominated the investment world in the 1980s and 1990s. Those days are long gone, but Fidelity still employs dozens of first-class managers and analysts. Meanwhile, many expense ratios are relatively low compared to other actively managed funds. Yes, some of Fidelity's funds are mediocre — in my view, Fidelity simply has too many options. But many are superb. Managers such as Will Danoff, Joel Tillinghast and Steven Wymer have clobbered the market indexes for a decade or longer.

Here are five of the best Fidelity stock funds you can own right now.

Data is as of March 20, 2018. Yields represent the trailing 12-month yield, which is a standard measure for equity funds. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.

Steven Goldberg
Contributing Columnist, Kiplinger.com
Steve has been writing for Kiplinger's for more than 25 years. As an associate editor and then senior associate editor, he covered mutual funds for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine from 1994-2006. He also authored a book, But Which Mutual Funds? In 2006 he joined with Jerry Tweddell, one of his best sources on investing, to form Tweddell Goldberg Investment Management to manage money for individual investors. Steve continues to write a regular column for Kiplinger.com and enjoys hearing investing questions from readers. You can contact Steve at 301.650.6567 or sgoldberg@kiplinger.com.