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Best and Worst Investments of 2012

By Ben Steverman - 2012-12-12T21:04:13Z

Photograph by David Maitland/Getty Images

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Worst Equity Mutual Fund

Federated Prudent Bear Fund

-15.6%

Gold mining companies make up the only stock holdings in the Federated Prudent Bear Fund (BEARX) because its goal is to profit from a falling stock market. That strategy suffers in years such as 2012, when stocks rise.

Universe and criteria: 1,200 open-ended, U.S.-based equity mutual funds with assets of $500 million or more.

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