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The Best and Worst Investments of 2013

By Ben Steverman - 2013-12-06T18:41:13Z

Photograph by Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg

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Worst Bond Fund

Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury Index Fund


VEDTX invests in U.S. Treasury-issued bonds that don't mature for 20 to 30 years. That means they're especially vulnerable to the worries about rising interest rates that cropped up in 2013. At times of heightened risk, by contrast, such Treasuries are an investor favorite. The fund returned more than 55 percent in both 2008 and 2011.

Of 747 open-ended fixed income mutual funds based in the U.S. with assets of $500 million or more.