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Online Extra: The Best Bond Funds


These bond funds earned A ratings when compared to all other bond funds (taxable funds are rated against other taxable funds, and the same goes for tax-free funds) Ratings are based on the five-year total return (ending Dec. 31, 2005), adjusted for risk. For more detail on these funds, see the Mutual Fund Scoreboard

FUND

SYMBOL

TOTAL RETURN*

CATEGORY

AIM High Income Municipal A

AHMAX

7.1%

Muni. High Yield

AllianceBernstein Emerging Market Debt A

AGDAX

16.3

Emerging Markets Bond

Amer Century CA High Yield Municipal Inv

BCHYX

6.7

Muni. Calif. Long

Amer Century Intl Bond Inv

BEGBX

8.6

International Bond

Amer Century Target Maturity 2020 Inv

BTTTX

8.9

Long Government

Amer Century Target Maturity 2025 Inv

BTTRX

9.8

Long Government

BBH Inflation Indexed Securities N

BBHIX

8.8

Long Government

BlackRock High Yield Bd Inv A

BHYAX

9.6

High Yield

Buffalo High Yield

BUFHX

8.2

High Yield

Colorado BondShares

HICOX

6.2

Muni. Single-State Interm.

Columbia High Income A

NAHAX

10.5

High Yield

Columbia High Yield Muni Z

SRHMX

5.9

Muni. High Yield

Delaware Corp Bd Instl

DGCIX

9.1

Intermediate (General)

Delaware Extended Duration Bd A

DEEAX

11.0

Long (General)

Delaware MN High Yield Muni Bd A

DVMHX

7.2

Muni. Single-State Long

Diversified Inv High Yield Bond Inv

DVHYX

8.9

High Yield

Dupree AL Tax Free Income

DUALX

6.3

Muni. Single-State Interm.

Dupree MS Tax Free Income

DUMSX

6.1

Muni. Single-State Interm.

Eaton Vance High Yield Municipals A

ETHYX

7.3

Muni. High Yield

Eaton Vance Natl Municipals A

EANAX

7.6

Muni. National Long

Federated International High Inc A

IHIAX

14.8

Emerging Markets Bond

Federated Muni High Yield Advantage A

FMOAX

6.3

Muni. High Yield

Fidelity Advisor Emerging Mkts Inc T

FAEMX

13.9

Emerging Markets Bond

Fidelity Advisor High Income Advatange T

FAHYX

10.3

High Yield

Fidelity Advisor High Income Instl

FHNIX

9.2

High Yield

Fidelity Advisor Strategic Income T

FSIAX

9.2

Multisector

Fidelity Capital & Income

FAGIX

9.4

High Yield

Fidelity MA Muni Inc

FDMMX

5.5

Muni. Single-State Long

Fidelity MI Muni Inc

FMHTX

5.4

Muni. Single-State Long

Fidelity Municipal Income

FHIGX

5.9

Muni. National Long

Fidelity NY Muni Inc

FTFMX

5.6

Muni. New York Long

Fidelity New Markets Income

FNMIX

14.6

Emerging Markets Bond

Fidelity OH Muni Inc

FOHFX

5.5

Muni. Single-State Long

Fidelity Strategic Income

FSICX

9.4

Multisector

First American Tax Free Y

FYNTX

5.7

Muni. National Long

Franklin High Yld Tax Free Inc A

FRHIX

6.3

Muni. High Yield

Franklin Muni Sec Tr CA High Yld Muni A

FCAMX

6.3

Muni. Calif. Long

GMO Emerging Country Debt IV

GMDFX

20.8

Emerging Markets Bond

Goldman Sachs High Yield A

GSHAX

9.5

High Yield

Goldman Sachs High Yield Muni Instl

GHYIX

7.9

Muni. High Yield

Harris Insight Tax Exempt Bond N

HXBAX

5.6

Muni. National Long

Heritage High Yield Bond A

HRIDX

9.2

High Yield

J Hancock High Yield A

JHHBX

9.8

High Yield

JPMorgan Emerging Mkts Debt Sel

JEMDX

14.7

Emerging Markets Bond

Loomis Sayles Bond Instl

LSBDX

11.8

Multisector

Loomis Sayles Global Bond Retail

LSGLX

9.7

International Bond

Loomis Sayles Strategic Income A

NEFZX

12.7

Multisector

MFS Emerging Markets Debt A

MEDAX

18.1

Emerging Markets Bond

MFS High Yield Opportunities A

MHOAX

9.7

High Yield

MFS Municipal High Income A

MMHYX

6.6

Muni. High Yield

MainStay Global High Income A

MGHAX

15.7

Emerging Markets Bond

MainStay High Yield Corp Bd B

MKHCX

9.4

High Yield

Merrill Lynch Muni Bond Natl B

MBNLX

5.4

Muni. National Long

Merrill Lynch World Income I

MAWIX

9.6

International Bond

Morgan Stanley Instl Emerging Markets Debt A

MSIEX

14.4

Emerging Markets Bond

Morgan Stanley Instl Municipal Inst

MPMFX

5.3

Muni. Short

Northern High Yield Muni

NHYMX

6.3

Muni. High Yield

Northern Tax Exempt

NOTEX

5.4

Muni. National Long

Nuveen High Yield Muni Bd A

NHMAX

9.7

Muni. High Yield

Oppenheimer AMT Free Municipal Bond A

OPTAX

6.9

Muni. National Long

Oppenheimer CA Municipal A

OPCAX

7.4

Muni. Calif. Long

Oppenheimer Intl Bond A

OIBAX

13.1

International Bond

Oppenheimer Limited Term Municipal A

OPITX

6.8

Muni. National Interm.

Oppenheimer NJ Municipal A

ONJAX

7.8

Muni. Single-State Long

Oppenheimer PA Municipal A

OPATX

8.7

Muni. Single-State Long

Oppenheimer Rochester Municipals A

RMUNX

6.9

Muni. New York Long

Oppenheimer Rochester National Muni A

ORNAX

9.3

Muni. High Yield

PIMCO Emerging Markets Bond A

PAEMX

18.7

Emerging Markets Bond

Payden Emerging Markets Bond R

PYEMX

13.3

Emerging Markets Bond

Phoenix Emerging Mkts Bd A

PEMAX

13.2

Emerging Markets Bond

Pioneer California Tax Free Income Inv

CATIX

6.0

Muni. Calif. Long

Pioneer High Yield A

TAHYX

10.4

High Yield

Pioneer Municipal Bond Inv

PBIMX

6.4

Muni. National Long

Pioneer Strategic Income A

PSRAX

9.9

Multisector

Regions Morgan Keegan Sel Hi Inc A

MKHIX

13.5

High Yield

SEI Emerging Markets Debt A

SITEX

16.9

Emerging Markets Bond

Salomon Brothers High Yield Bond A

SAHYX

9.7

High Yield

Scudder Emerging Markets Income S

SCEMX

16.1

Emerging Markets Bond

Scudder High Yield Tax Free S

SHYTX

6.3

Muni. High Yield

SunAmerica Strategic Bond A

SDIAX

9.8

Multisector

T Rowe Price Emerging Markets Bond

PREMX

15.2

Emerging Markets Bond

T Rowe Price High Yield

PRHYX

8.9

High Yield

T Rowe Price Summit Muni Income

PRINX

6.0

Muni. National Long

T Rowe Price Tx Fr Inc Tr High Yield

PRFHX

6.2

Muni. High Yield

T Rowe Price Tx Fr Inc Tr Income

PRTAX

5.3

Muni. National Long

T Rowe Price Tx Fr Inc Tr NJ Tx Fr Bond

NJTFX

5.4

Muni. Single-State Long

T Rowe Price Tx Fr Inc Tr VA Tx Fr Bond

PRVAX

5.3

Muni. Single-State Long

TCW Galileo Emrg Markets Income I

TGEIX

15.6

Emerging Markets Bond

TIAA-CREF Tax Exempt Bond

TCTEX

5.6

Muni. National Long

Templeton Global Bond A

TPINX

11.0

International Bond

USAA Florida Tx Fr Income

UFLTX

5.7

Muni. Single-State Long

USAA Tx Ex Long Term

USTEX

6.1

Muni. National Long

USAA Tx Ex New York Bond

USNYX

5.6

Muni. New York Long

Van Kampen High Yield Municipal A

ACTHX

6.7

Muni. High Yield

Vanguard Inflation Protected Securities

VIPSX

8.5

Long Government

Vanguard Long Term Invst Grade

VWESX

8.6

Long (General)

Vanguard OH Long Term Tax Exempt

VOHIX

5.4

Muni. Single-State Interm.

WM High Yield A

CPHYX

10.2

High Yield

Wells Fargo Advtg MN Tax Free Adm

NWMIX

5.3

Muni. Single-State Long

Wells Fargo Advtg Municipal Bond Inv

SXFIX

6.6

Muni. National Long

Wells Fargo Advtg National Tax Free Adm

NTFTX

5.4

Muni. National Long

Westcore Flexible Income

WTLTX

8.4

High Yield

Western Asset Non US Opportunity Bond I

WAFIX

9.6

International Bond

*Appreciation plus reinvestment of dividends and capital gains before taxes. Jan. 1, 2001 through Dec. 31, 2005

Data: Standard & Poor's


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