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These Fine Bond Funds Fly Under the Radar

Worthy bond funds come in all shapes and sizes, as these smaller picks show.

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During the past 12 months we have seen enormous flows into taxable-bond funds, with nearly $160 billion added to the asset class, while about $136 billion has been pulled out of stock funds as of the end of May. 

For many investors, finding a bond fund means going large. As the popularity of the mammoth  PIMCO Total Return (PTTRX), with its $263 billion asset base, shows, many investors head for familiar names when adding to their bond holdings. And even though there are plenty of quality bond funds offered by PIMCO, Fidelity, Vanguard, and other large fund families, there are also plenty of smaller, lesser-known bond funds with good managers and processes at attractive prices.

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