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Best Mutual Funds

What should you be looking for in a mutual fund? Manager tenure. At least 3, 5, or hopefully 10 year performance. Expenses. Customer service. What stocks does the fund invest in. Can you tolerate the risk of the fund. Need help investing? Visit our Definitions page.

Company Regular Account Minimum IRA Minimum UTMA Minimum Reduced Minimum with AIP* Additional Contribution Minimum
ShareBuilder.com Mutual Fund builder 0 0 0 N/A N/A
The Vanguard Group 3000 1000 1000 N/A 50
Strong Funds 2500 1000 1000 N/A 100
Fidelity Funds *** 2500 500 2500 N/A 100
Dodge & Cox Funds 2500 1000 1000 N/A 100
Janus Funds 2500 500 500 N/A 100
Tiaa-Cref Funds 2500 2000 2500 50 50
T. Rowe Price 2500 1000 1000 50 50
Legg Mason *** 1000 1000 1000 N/A 50
Invesco ** 1000 250 1000 50 50
Oakmark 1000 1000 1000 500 100
AARP 1000 500 500 500 100
Pax World 250 250 250 N/A 50
SteinRoe 2500 500 1000 1000# 50
Artisan 1000 1000 1000 50 50
Babson 1000 250 250 100 50
PBHG 2500 2000 500 500 25
Firstar 1000 1000 1000 50 50
Alger ** 500 500 500 25 25
Aim ** 500 250 500 50 50
Gabelli 1000 250 1000 0 0

*AIP= Automatic Investment Plan. Setting up automatic monthly withdrawals from your paycheck or bank account.
**Load=These companies charge sales commissions. A=front end load, B= Back-end load
***Load/No-load=These companies contain both load and no-load funds. Visit company web site and read prospectus fro more information.
#=$500 for UTMA AIP
Read information package (prospectus) before investing, minimums/loads/fees change frequently. Some funds have specials and specialty funds that require a larger or smaller minimum initial investment. These minimums are based on the majority of their funds.


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