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Popular Funds That Don't Make the Grade

We don't share investors' convictions in these widely held mutual funds.

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Many times, investors find their way to funds we rate highly. It could be that some investors are actively seeking funds that earn Morningstar Medalist ratings. Others may be pretty savvy when it comes to evaluating funds according to the same fundamental pillars that Morningstar's manager research team looks at: People, Process, Performance, Parent, and Price.

I did a screen using Morningstar's Direct software, and I found that of the top 200 funds by net assets, about three quarters had Morningstar Analyst Ratings of Gold, Silver, or Bronze. 

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