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3 Popular--and Exceptional--Funds of 2019

Our analysts share what makes these funds attention-grabbers.

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Susan Dziubinski: Hi, I'm Susan Dziubinski from Morningstar.com. As 2019 winds down, we're focusing on some of the most popular funds on Morningstar.com. Here are three of the best funds that you, our viewers, researched the most in 2019.

Alec Lucas: Vanguard Dividend Growth is an excellent option for investors who want to benefit from the return potential of equities but to be able to sleep at night when the market goes down. The fund is managed by Don Kilbride of Wellington Management, subadvisor for Vanguard, and he has been managing the fund since February of 2006. He's a very skilled investor and stock-picker, invests in about 50 companies or so. They tend to be large-cap multinational companies that pay rising dividends. And these companies are the kind of companies that investors hold on to in downturns. The fees are very cheap, only 22 basis points per year right now, and the fund is very proven. In market downturns, it tends to lose considerably less than the S&P 500 and reliably so. So, investors have benefited from the compounding of wealth in this fund over time.

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