The Kiplinger 25 list of our favorite no-load mutual funds dates back to 2004, and our coverage of mutual funds goes all the way back to the 1950s. We believe in holding funds rather than trading them, so we focus on promising mutual funds with solid long-term records - and managers with tenures to match.
A good garden will feature a mix of tall evergreens, midsize perennial flowering plants, fast-growing ground covers and maybe a showy piece such as a sculpted topiary. Some require regular tending, while others can be left alone. Some might flower in the spring; others blaze with richly hued foliage in the fall. Each plant is chosen for its individual merits, but together they form a beautiful garden.
Assembling a portfolio of mutual funds is much the same. We consider several variables and a mix of strategies when we select our favorite actively managed no-load funds. We think the "Kip 25" represents the cream of the crop, although a fund here and a fund there might not be appropriate for your specific portfolio needs and investing horizon. The group is a diverse collection that ranges across large- and small-cap funds, international and U.S. holdings, and bonds of all sorts. Just like a mix of plant varieties, they thrive at different times and in different conditions.
Here are our picks for the best 25 low-fee mutual funds as we enter 2020: what makes them tick, and what kind of returns they've delivered.SEE ALSO: The 30 Best Mutual Funds in 401(k) Retirement Plans