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Four Great Funds You Can Buy in December

Don't hibernate until January--these four funds look good right now.

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It's capital gains payout season--a time when fund investors normally head for cover. After all, you don't want to buy a fund just before it makes a capital gains distribution.

Yet it's kind of tempting to buy when you get a big down day in the market, as has happened frequently of late. Fortunately, if you look closely you can find a handful of funds that are attractive and are not going to pay out capital gains this December. Thus, you can buy them right now, though of course these should be long-term investments held 10 years or more--lest anyone think I was predicting big three-week returns.

Essentially, there are two types of stock funds that make the grade: funds where good managers took over after a bout of poor performance under previous management and funds that are tax-managed. First I'll share two of the first kind and then two of the latter.

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Russel Kinnel does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.