Top Performing Mutual Fund – As of May 2010

As of April 30, 2010 – Best Stock Fund is (Drumroll Please) :

  • Profunds UI Small Cap – Symbol UAPIX

Before you move away from this page of the best performing Mutual Funds, we need to explain how we define “best performing.”  In the investment world and particularly, mutual fund world, “best performing” can be measured in a myriad of ways.

We know you just want to bottom line, but the bottom line needs explaining. First, let’s define “performance.”  This is rather easy because performance for most people, including us, simply means highest return.  That is, the particular fund had the best return of every dollar invested.  However, defining “best” is not so simple

Time Frame of Performance:

For example, we need to define the time frame of the return – is it the top performing mutual fund this month, last year, over the past 5 years, or something else.

Riskiness of the Investment:

What do we mean by risk?  Mutual fund investments are divided up into asset classes.  And each asset class has a different risk/return profile (sorry folks, there is no free lunch).  I’m afraid you can’t have your cake and eat it too.  There is no such thing as a low risk investment that also has consistently higher returns.

It is not meaningful, therefore, to compare bond mutual funds in the same light as stock mutual funds.  We have to compare apples to apples.  As you will see, investments have a different return depending on the asset class of the investments.  What we mean by this is that, for example, a stock mutual fund generally has a higher return over a longer period of time but tends to fluctuate wildly over the short term – therefore it is usually considered “riskier.”  Bond funds, on the other hand, tend to have lower returns over long periods of time, but they do not fluctuate as much from year to year – therefore they are generally considered less risky.

If your tolerance for risk is low, you will want to invest in less risky investments such as bonds.  But you will need to be prepared to have lower returns in exchange for greater stability.

Bottom Line:

So, what’s the bottom line.?  I am sure you are saying, “just show me the results already!”  Well, we will list them here, but be sure to read the explanation so that you know how we derived at the results.  You may very well see a different list in other publications, but you need to understand that this is because our methodologies of measuring “best performance” is different.

As of April 30, 2010 – Best Stock Fund is (Drumroll Please) :

  • Profunds UI Small Cap – Symbol UAPIX

Our Methodology Explained:

Our time frames for analysis is a little different than many other publications.  We do not believe that high rates of return measured over very short term periods is meaningful.  Even a Monkey can throw darts and win a over a short period, but longer term results takes strategy and smarts and wisdom.

We also eliminate funds that do not have a long term track record.  We don’t list funds unless they have a long historical record.  This tends to eliminate the charlatan flash-in-the-pan types of investment vehicles that happen to get lucky.

These are the top performing mutual funds, i.e., funds with the highest rate of return when measured as an average return over a combined period of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months as of 30 April, 2010.

There you have it.  Stay tuned for updates over the coming months.

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