Short-Term Bond

Short-term bond portfolios invest primarily in corporate and other investment-grade U.S. fixed-income issues and have durations of one to 3.5 years (or, if duration is unavailable, average effective maturities of one to four years). These portfolios are attractive to fairly conservative investors, because they are less sensitive to interest rates than portfolios with longer durations. Morningstar®

#1 Thompson Bond Fund (THOPX)

Performance (1-yr.): 3.52% Expenses: 0.78%
Performance (1-mo.): 1.10% Total Assets: $2.71B
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#2 BlackRock US Mortgage Portfolio (MSUMX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.77% Expenses: 0.62%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.69% Total Assets: $168.99M
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#3 Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond Index Fund (VSTBX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.93% Expenses: 0.09%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.34% Total Assets: $8.78B
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#4 Lord Abbett Short Duration Income Fund (LALDX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.84% Expenses: 0.59%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.30% Total Assets: $34.12B
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#5 Baird Short-Term Bond Fund (BSBIX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.62% Expenses: 0.30%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.25% Total Assets: $2.11B
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#6 Homestead Funds Short Term Bond Fund (HOSBX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.55% Expenses: 0.76%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.11% Total Assets: $541.76M
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#6 Metropolitan West Low Duration Bond Fund (MWLDX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.66% Expenses: 0.57%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.22% Total Assets: $3.5B
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#8 USAA Short Term Bond Fund (USSBX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.42% Expenses: 0.64%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.26% Total Assets: $3.43B
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#9 Vanguard Short Term Investment Grade Fund (VFSTX)

Performance (1-yr.): 1.57% Expenses: 0.20%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.34% Total Assets: $48.56B
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#10 Leader Short Term Bond Fund (LCCMX)

Performance (1-yr.): 5.22% Expenses: 1.49%
Performance (1-mo.): 0.80% Total Assets: $948.74M
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Top Performing Short-Term Bond Funds As of 03.05.2014

Thompson Bond Fund (THOPX)

Total Return: 1.10%

Kinetics Alternative Income Fund (KWIAX)

Total Return: 1.05%

Azzad Wise Capital Fund (WISEX)

Total Return: 1.01%

Leader Short Term Bond Fund (LCCMX)

Total Return: 5.22%

Kinetics Alternative Income Fund (KWIAX)

Total Return: 4.53%

Permanent Portfolio Versatile Bond Portfolio (PRVBX)

Total Return: 4.12%

Thompson Bond Fund (THOPX)

Total Return: 5.09%

BlackRock US Mortgage Portfolio (MSUMX)

Total Return: 5.07%

Virtus Multi Sector Short Term Bond Fund (NARAX)

Total Return: 4.39%

* Annualized