Inflows: $7.1 billion
Assets under management: $15.1 billion
This multisector bond fund has had a stellar 2012. Through Oct. 26, it was up more than 18% this year. It has also been a steady performer, with its trailing three- and five-year returns landing it in the top 2% of Morningstar's multisector bond category. The fund's portfolio consists mostly of government, corporate and securitized bonds. Relative to its peers, it has somewhat hefty exposure to mortgage-backed securities.
Vanguard Total Stock Market Index
Inflows: $7.1 billion
Assets under management: $179.1 billion
This fund seeks to replicate the MSCI US Broad Market Index. Like the rest of Vanguard's index lineup, it tracks its index at an affordable rate, as evidenced by its 0.17% expense ratio. With nearly 3,300 stocks in its portfolio, the fund also offers quite a bit of diversification.
Vanguard Total Bond Market Index
Inflows: $6.5 billion
Assets under management: $97.2 billion
This passively managed fund seeks to replicate the returns of the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index. As such, it owns mostly high-quality bonds. As of the end of June, its average credit quality was AA. Vanguard is well known for its low-cost index funds, and this offering, which boasts an expense ratio of 0.22%, is no exception.
Invesco Balanced-Risk Allocation
Inflows: $5.7 billion
Assets under management: $9.5 billion
This fund has been growing quickly since its June 2009 launch. However, investors should understand what they're getting into. The fund follows a somewhat atypical strategy and tends to have hefty exposure to commodities and leveraged bonds. In addition, the fund has quite a bit of exposure to Austria, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.
JPMorgan Large Cap Growth
Inflows: $5 billion
Assets under management: $8.6 billion
This fund has outpaced all other active stock funds in term of inflows in 2012, but its performance has been relatively lackluster this year. The one bright spot for the fund has been its exposure to Apple, which has juiced the fund's returns and kept it competitive. As of the end of August, Apple accounted for more than 10% of the fund's portfolio. Morningstar describes the fund's hefty Apple exposure as "perhaps an inevitable outcome of manager Giri Devulapally's market-conscious approach."
JPMorgan Core Bond
Inflows: $4.5 billion
Assets under management: $28.6 billion
Manager Douglas Swanson has been with this fund since 1991. Relative to its peers, the fund has significant exposure to agency pass-through securities and low exposure to corporate bonds. The fund rarely stands out in any given year, but it has been a steady performer. This has accounted for some of the fund's popularity and resulting inflows.
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