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Best and Worst Investments of 2012

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

Photograph by Meridith Kohut/Bloomberg

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Best Bond Fund

GMO Emerging Country Debt Fund


The GMO Emerging Country Debt Fund (GMCDX) invests in debt issued by emerging market countries, a strategy that has worked in nine of the last 10 years. Its top holding is Venezuelan bonds, a sign that its managers are willing to take risks in particularly unstable countries. Venezuela's president, self-proclaimed socialist Hugo Chavez, is now undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba.

Universe and criteria: 725 open-ended-debt mutual funds based in the U.S. with assets of $500 million or more.