Long Government

Long-government portfolios have at least 90% of their bond holdings invested in bonds backed by the U.S. government or by government-linked agencies. This backing minimizes the credit risk of these portfolios, as the U.S. government is unlikely to default on its debt. They are not risk free, though. Because these portfolios have durations of more than six years (or, if duration is unavailable, average effective maturities greater than 10 years), they are more sensitive to interest rates, and thus riskier, than portfolios that have shorter durations. Morningstar®

#1 Fidelity Spartan Long Term Trust Bond Index Fund (FLBIX)

Performance (1-yr.): 5.06% Expenses: 0.20%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.60% Total Assets: $313.89M
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#1 Vanguard Long-Term Government Bond Index Fund (VLGIX)

Performance (1-yr.): 4.98% Expenses: 0.09%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.58% Total Assets: $160.99M
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#3 PIMCO Extended Duration Fund (PEDIX)

Performance (1-yr.): 8.64% Expenses: 0.50%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.85% Total Assets: $272.93M
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#4 Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury Index Fund (VEDTX)

Performance (1-yr.): 8.36% Expenses: 0.10%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.75% Total Assets: $916.75M
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#5 American Century Zero Coupon 2020 Fund (BTTTX)

Performance (1-yr.): 3.54% Expenses: 0.55%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.75% Total Assets: $223.57M
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#6 Vanguard Long Term Treasury Fund (VUSTX)

Performance (1-yr.): 5.08% Expenses: 0.20%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.60% Total Assets: $2.6B
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#7 Wasatch-Hoisington U.S. Treasury Fund (WHOSX)

Performance (1-yr.): 6.86% Expenses: 0.71%
Performance (1-mo.): 1.02% Total Assets: $192.0M
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#8 T. Rowe Price U.S. Treasury Long Term Fund (PRULX)

Performance (1-yr.): 5.37% Expenses: 0.51%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.56% Total Assets: $308.88M
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#9 PIMCO Long-Term U.S. Government Fund (PFGAX)

Performance (1-yr.): 5.28% Expenses: 0.82%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.63% Total Assets: $826.42M
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#10 Dreyfus U.S. Treasury Long Term Fund (DRGBX)

Performance (1-yr.): 5.52% Expenses: 0.74%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.80% Total Assets: $53.31M
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Top Performing Long Government Funds As of 03.05.2014

American Century Zero Coupon 2025 Fund (BTTRX)

Total Return: 1.16%

Wasatch-Hoisington U.S. Treasury Fund (WHOSX)

Total Return: 1.02%

PIMCO Extended Duration Fund (PEDIX)

Total Return: 0.85%

American Century Zero Coupon 2020 Fund (BTTTX)

Total Return: 3.54%

Frost Kempner Treasury and Inc Fund (FIKTX)

Total Return: 4.64%

Vanguard Long-Term Government Bond Index Fund (VLGIX)

Total Return: 4.98%

Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury Index Fund (VEDTX)

Total Return: 13.62%

PIMCO Extended Duration Fund (PEDIX)

Total Return: 13.32%

Wasatch-Hoisington U.S. Treasury Fund (WHOSX)

Total Return: 10.09%

* Annualized