The Best Mutual Funds

BW's ratings tell you who gave the best return--with the least amount of risk

For the past three years, making big money in mutual funds wasn't much harder than shooting fish in a barrel. From 1995 through 1997, U.S. diversified funds earned an average annual return of 24.5%. That's a rate that doubles your money in just three years. For investors, it doesn't get much better.

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