Best Mutual Funds

The U.S. News Mutual Fund Score offers a broad look at what some of the brightest minds conducting investment analysis have to say about more than 4,500 mutual funds using ratings from Morningstar, Lipper, Zacks, TheStreet.com, and Standard & Poor's. To learn more about our score, see the methodology.

Target Date 2000-2010

#1

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index 2010 Fund (TLTIX)

Performance (1-YR): 8.39% Expense Ratio: 0.16%

#2

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle 2010 Retirement Fund (TCLEX)

Performance (1-YR): 8.97% Expense Ratio: 0.65%

#3

T. Rowe Price Retirement 2010 Fund (TRRAX)

Performance (1-YR): 9.37% Expense Ratio: 0.60%

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Target Date 2011-2015

#1

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index 2015 Fund (TLFIX)

Performance (1-YR): 9.64% Expense Ratio: 0.17%

#2

T. Rowe Price Retirement 2015 Fund (TRRGX)

Performance (1-YR): 11.65% Expense Ratio: 0.65%

#3

American Funds 2015 Target Date Retirement Fund® (AABTX)

Performance (1-YR): 11.97% Expense Ratio: 0.70%

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Target Date 2016-2020

#1

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index 2020 Fund (TLWIX)

Performance (1-YR): 11.48% Expense Ratio: 0.16%

#2

Schwab Target 2020 Fund (SWCRX)

Performance (1-YR): 11.61% Expense Ratio: 0.65%

#3

T. Rowe Price Retirement 2020 Fund (TRRBX)

Performance (1-YR): 13.73% Expense Ratio: 0.69%

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Target Date 2021-2025

#1

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index 2025 Fund (TLQIX)

Performance (1-YR): 13.31% Expense Ratio: 0.16%

#2

T. Rowe Price Retirement 2025 Fund (TRRHX)

Performance (1-YR): 15.70% Expense Ratio: 0.72%

#3

American Funds 2025 Target Date Retirement Fund® (AADTX)

Performance (1-YR): 17.35% Expense Ratio: 0.74%

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Target Date 2026-2030

#1

T. Rowe Price Retirement 2030 Fund (TRRCX)

Performance (1-YR): 17.26% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

#2

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index 2030 Fund (TLHIX)

Performance (1-YR): 15.01% Expense Ratio: 0.17%

#3

Vanguard Target Retirement 2030 Fund (VTHRX)

Performance (1-YR): 14.96% Expense Ratio: 0.17%

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Target Date 2031-2035

#1

T. Rowe Price Retirement 2035 Fund (TRRJX)

Performance (1-YR): 18.48% Expense Ratio: 0.77%

#2

Schwab Target 2035 Fund (SWIRX)

Performance (1-YR): 16.87% Expense Ratio: 0.78%

#2

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index 2035 Fund (TLYIX)

Performance (1-YR): 16.74% Expense Ratio: 0.16%

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Target Date 2036-2040

#1

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index 2040 Fund (TLZIX)

Performance (1-YR): 17.80% Expense Ratio: 0.16%

#1

T. Rowe Price Retirement 2040 Fund (TRRDX)

Performance (1-YR): 19.21% Expense Ratio: 0.78%

#3

Vanguard Target Retirement 2040 Fund (VFORX)

Performance (1-YR): 17.47% Expense Ratio: 0.18%

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Target Date 2041-2045

#1

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index 2045 Fund (TLXIX)

Performance (1-YR): 17.72% Expense Ratio: 0.16%

#2

T. Rowe Price Retirement 2045 Fund (TRRKX)

Performance (1-YR): 19.19% Expense Ratio: 0.78%

#3

Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 Fund (VTIVX)

Performance (1-YR): 17.51% Expense Ratio: 0.18%

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Target Date 2046-2050

#1

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index 2050 Fund (TLLIX)

Performance (1-YR): 17.74% Expense Ratio: 0.16%

#1

T. Rowe Price Retirement 2050 Fund (PARFX)

Performance (1-YR): 18.91% Expense Ratio: 1.03%

#3

Vanguard Target Retirement 2050 Fund (VFIFX)

Performance (1-YR): 17.46% Expense Ratio: 0.18%

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Target Date 2051+

#1

Vanguard Target Retirement 2055 Fund (VFFVX)

Performance (1-YR): 17.50% Expense Ratio: 0.18%

#2

T. Rowe Price Retirement 2055 Fund (TRRNX)

Performance (1-YR): 19.24% Expense Ratio: 0.78%

#3

American Funds 2055 Target Date Retirement Fund® (AAMTX)

Performance (1-YR): 19.27% Expense Ratio: 0.79%

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Updated 04.22.2014

Top Performing Mutual Funds As of 04.22.2014

Catalyst Insider Long/Short Fund (CIAAX)

U.S. Stocks | Long/Short Equity

Total Return: 14.10%

Matthews India Fund (MINDX)

International Funds | India Equity

Total Return: 13.10%

Dreyfus India Fund (DIIAX)

International Funds | India Equity

Total Return: 11.64%

Firsthand Alternative Energy Fund (ALTEX)

Sector Funds | Technology

Total Return: 90.28%

Guinness Atkinson Alternative Energy Fund (GAAEX)

Sector Funds | Equity Energy

Total Return: 62.31%

Lord Abbett Micro Cap Growth Fund (LMIYX)

U.S. Stocks | Small Growth

Total Return: 58.17%

Oceanstone Fund (OSFDX)

U.S. Stocks | Mid-Cap Value

Total Return: 50.50%

Fidelity® Select Automotive Portfolio (FSAVX)

Sector Funds | Consumer Cyclical

Total Return: 38.80%

PIMCO Variable Insurance Trust Real Estate Real Return Strategy Fund (PETAX)

Sector Funds | Real Estate

Total Return: 37.05%

* Annualized