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Best Mutual Funds: Top Performing Long-Term Bond Funds

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NerdWallet examined all 7,000+ mutual funds that were in existence for the full decade ending December 31, 2012.  Below are the top performing long-term bond funds of that ten year time period.  Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Fund Name Symbol Annual Return Annual Volatility Assets Under Management Expense Ratio
Destra Preferred and Income Securities DPIAX 7.38% 15%  32,232,308 1.50%
Loomis Sayles Investment Grade LSIGX 6.49% 8%  732,072,158 0.48%
Delaware Extended Duration Bond DEEAX 6.13% 10%  961,564,260 0.95%
Vanguard Long-Term Investment-Grade VWESX 4.03% 9%  13,893,394,389 0.22%
T. Rowe Price Corporate Income PRPIX 3.75% 6%  683,780,510 0.65%
RidgeWorth Corporate Bond STIFX 3.19% 5%  89,857,887 1.58%
Western Asset Corporate Bond SBILX 2.06% 11%  508,953,794 1.73%

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