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 DFA Short-Term Government Portfolio (DFFGX)

Performance (1-yr.): 0.02% Expenses: 0.19%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.09% Total Assets: $1.84B
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#1 Vanguard Short Term Federal Fund (VSGBX)

Performance (1-yr.): 0.14% Expenses: 0.20%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.14% Total Assets: $5.32B
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#3 Fidelity® Limited Term Government Fund (FFXSX)

Performance (1-yr.): 0.10% Expenses: 0.45%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.14% Total Assets: $374.66M
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#3 Payden U.S. Government Fund (PYUSX)

Performance (1-yr.): 0.19% Expenses: 0.45%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.21% Total Assets: $131.43M
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#5 Federated Limited Duration Government Fund (FLDSX)

Performance (1-yr.): 0.28% Expenses: 0.55%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.20% Total Assets: $26.88M
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#5 SEI Daily Income Trust Short-Duration Goverment Portfolio (TCSGX)

Performance (1-yr.): 0.01% Expenses: 0.74%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.18% Total Assets: $747.53M
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#7 Fidelity Spartan Short Term Trust Bond Index Fund (FSBIX)

Performance (1-yr.): 0.10% Expenses: 0.20%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.15% Total Assets: $759.8M
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#8 Madison Government Bond Fund (MADTX)

Performance (1-yr.): 0.06% Expenses: 0.55%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.18% Total Assets: $4.03M
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#9 Homestead Funds Short-Term Government Securities Fund (HOSGX)

Performance (1-yr.): 0.17% Expenses: 0.69%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.07% Total Assets: $85.61M
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#10 Vanguard Short Term Treasury Fund (VFISX)

Performance (1-yr.): 0.19% Expenses: 0.20%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.03% Total Assets: $6.6B
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Top Performing Short Government Funds As of 03.05.2014

M.D. Sass 1-3 Year Duration U.S. Agency Bond Fund (MDSIX)

Total Return: 0.31%

LWAS/DFA Two-Year Government Portfolio (DFYGX)

Total Return: 0.25%

Vanguard Short Term Treasury Fund (VFISX)

Total Return: 0.19%

* Annualized