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Fund Spy: Morningstar Medalist Edition

4 Funds for the Fearful

These medalists will help you sleep at night.

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Warren Buffett advises investors to be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy. After a tremendous five-year rally, I'd say it's probably time to be fearful. That doesn't mean go all to cash. That just means look for investments with good defensive characteristics.

With risks growing and rewards shrinking, it's a good time to dial down risk. You can make your portfolio more conservative either by adding some lower-risk holdings or trimming those with highest risk. Here are some ideas from both fronts.

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