The following top ranked national municipal bond mutual funds of 2012 are: Legg Mason WA Managed Municipals A, First Investors Tax-Exempt II A, Waddell & Reed Municipal Bond Fund, etc. Typically, these municipal bond mutual funds are less risky too.
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The bond mutual fund may also provide investors with a convenient option to hold a portfolio of bonds from different sectors such as government bond, corporate bond, mortgage backed bond, foreign entities bond, convertible, etc.
Investing in Precious metals can be used as a hedge against economic crisis or turmoil. The best performing funds include Tocqueville Gold, Van Eck International Investors Gold A, First Eagle Gold A, etc.
Some of the top performer funds include: Virtus Emerging Markets A, Morgan Stanley Global Infrastructure A, MFS International Value A, and more.
The following top 10 high yielding mutual funds include PIMCO International StocksPLUS TR Strategy A, Forward SMIDPlus Investor, U.S. Global Investors World Precious Minerals, etc.
One of many reasons to invest in exchange traded funds (ETFs) are liquidity and tax-efficiency. ETFs are traded just like stock. The top 40 popular ETFs 2011 are: Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF, Vanguard S&P 500 ETF, Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF, SPDR S&P 500, Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets ETF, Vanguard Total International Stock Index ETF, SPDR Gold Shares, etc