Short Government

Short-government portfolios have at least 90% of their bond holdings 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. These portfolios have durations between one and 3.5 years (or, if duration is unavailable, average effective maturities between one and four years), so they have relatively less sensitivity to interest rates, and thus low risk potential. Morningstar®

#1 Fidelity® Limited Term Government Fund (FFXSX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.27% Expenses: 0.45%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.05% Total Assets: $369.29M
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#1 Payden U.S. Government Fund (PYUSX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.47% Expenses: 0.45%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.08% Total Assets: $138.43M
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#3 SEI Daily Income Trust Short-Duration Goverment Portfolio (TCSGX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.18% Expenses: 0.73%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.01% Total Assets: $756.81M
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#3 Vanguard Short Term Federal Fund (VSGBX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.33% Expenses: 0.20%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.05% Total Assets: $5.23B
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#5 DFA Short-Term Government Portfolio (DFFGX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.39% Expenses: 0.19%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.11% Total Assets: $1.95B
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#6 Madison Government Bond Fund (MADTX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.38% Expenses: 0.55%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.01% Total Assets: $4.1M
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#7 Commerce Short Term Government Fund (CFSTX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.33% Expenses: 0.68%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.09% Total Assets: $91.8M
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#8 Loomis Sayles Limited Term Government And Agency Fund (NEFLX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.63% Expenses: 0.82%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.01% Total Assets: $684.28M
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#9 Trust For Credit Unions Short Duration Portfolio (TCUDX)

Performance (1-yr.): 0.50% Expenses: 0.34%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.06% Total Assets: $587.27M
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#10 Fidelity Spartan® Short Term Trust Bond Index Fund (FSBIX)

Performance (1-yr.): 0.90% Expenses: 0.20%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.14% Total Assets: $768.95M
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Top Performing Short Government Funds As of 07.03.2014

SIT U.S. Government Securities Fund (SNGVX)

Total Return: 0.26%

USFS Funds Limited Duration Government Fund (USLDX)

Total Return: 0.23%

Eaton Vance Short Duration Government Income Fund (EALDX)

Total Return: 0.15%

Eaton Vance Government Obligations Fund (EVGOX)

Total Return: 2.59%

Eaton Vance Short Duration Government Income Fund (EALDX)

Total Return: 2.07%

Thornburg Limited Term U.S. Government Fund (LTUSX)

Total Return: 1.68%

* Annualized