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Best- and worst-performing fixed-income funds

See rankings of funds by returns in categories from core bond to high yield and multisector income

May 14, 2017 @ 6:00 am

By IN Research and Ellie Zhu

Top 10Portfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
Miller Intermediate Bond Fund I (MIFIX)$162.50 7.74%N/AN/A1.25%
River Canyon Total Return Bond Fund Institutional (RCTIX)$27.50 6.25%N/AN/A0.71%
Putnam Income Fund A (PINCX)$1,651.60 4.68%1.47%3.51%0.86%
Dodge & Cox Income Fund (DODIX)$48,863.50 4.23%3.05%3.42%0.43%
Highland Fixed Income Fund A (HFBAX)$136.90 4.20%2.84%2.40%1.05%
PF Managed Bond Fund P$742.60 4.19%3.95%3.35%0.55%
Bramshill Income Performance Fund Inst (BRMSX)$140.00 4.00%N/AN/A1.12%
Fidelity Total Bond Fund Fidelity Total Bond (FTBFX)$27,683.10 3.97%3.39%3.24%0.45%
Anfield Universal Fixed Income Fund I (AFLIX)$110.90 3.88%2.46%N/A1.00%
Federated Total Return Bond Fund Institutional (FTRBX)$7,015.90 3.60%3.09%3.02%0.39%
Bottom 5
STAAR General Bond Fund (SITGX)$1.40 -0.32%-0.07%0.24%1.59%
American Beacon Garcia Hamilton Qual Bd Fund Inst (GHQIX)$137.90 -0.23%N/AN/A0.45%
DoubleLine Long Duration Total Return Bond Fund I (DBLDX)$61.70 -0.16%N/AN/A0.65%
Cavanal Hill Bond Fund No-Load Inv (APBDX)$138.50 -0.11%1.73%2.26%0.68%
Monteagle Fixed Income Fund Inst (MFHRX)$50.40 -0.06%1.41%0.85%1.08%
Classification total/average$715,795.50 1.83%2.36%2.35%0.76%
Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Total Return1.23%2.73%2.31%

Top 10Portfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
Oppenheimer Rochester AMT-Free Municipal Fund A (OPTAX)$2,036.10 7.37%7.41%6.57%0.98%
SEI Tax-Advantaged Income Fund F (SEATX)$1,115.40 3.66%5.54%5.48%0.87%
BlackRock Allocation Target Shares Series E (BATEX)$146.40 2.89%N/AN/A0.03%
Clearwater Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (QWVQX)$491.70 2.27%5.74%5.28%0.66%
JPMorgan Tax Aware Income Opportunities Fund I (JTASX)$240.00 1.53%0.96%1.06%0.65%
Hartford Schroders Tax-Aware Bond Fund I (STWTX)$189.10 1.23%4.47%4.61%0.46%
Gurtin National Muni Opportunistic Value Fd Inst (GNMFX)$114.60 1.18%3.50%3.78%0.60%
Vanguard High-Yield Tax-Exempt Fund Investor (VWAHX)$10,808.50 1.00%4.46%4.17%0.19%
JPMorgan Tax Aware High Income Fund A (JTIAX)$95.60 0.99%2.84%2.72%0.65%
Wells Fargo Municipal Bond Fund Inst (WMBIX)$2,597.40 0.94%3.89%4.23%0.46%
Bottom 5
Centre Active US Tax Exempt Fund Inv (DHBRX)$31.90 -1.61%1.47%1.19%0.95%
Saratoga Municipal Bond Portfolio I (SMBPX)$1.00 -1.14%0.40%0.28%2.92%
Victory Tax-Exempt Fund A (GUTEX)$108.20 -0.81%2.70%2.28%0.80%
Ivy Municipal Bond Fund C (WMBCX)$191.90 -0.81%1.85%1.62%1.73%
Putnam AMT-Free Municipal Fund B (PTFIX)$400.90 -0.74%2.64%2.34%1.41%
Classification total/average$132,376.10 0.19%3.30%3.11%0.91%
Barclays Municipal Bond Total Return0.55%3.48%3.21%

Top 10Portfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
Catalyst/SMH High Income Fund A (HIIFX)$56.00 24.91%-4.23%-1.68%1.45%
Nuveen High Income Bond Fund I (FJSYX)$383.90 20.78%2.37%6.04%0.80%
Franklin High Income Fund A (FHAIX)$4,093.30 18.38%2.12%5.40%0.78%
Loomis Sayles Inst High Income Fund Inst (LSHIX)$755.70 17.24%3.55%8.00%0.68%
Nuveen Symphony Credit Opportunities Fund I (NCOIX)$616.90 17.17%3.40%6.36%0.75%
Robinson Opportunistic Income Fd A (RBNAX)$68.40 17.10%N/AN/A3.55%
T Rowe Price Institutional Credit Opportunities Fd (TRXPX)$24.90 16.09%N/AN/A0.67%
SEI Inst Mgd High Yield Bond Fund F (SHYAX)$1,583.40 15.54%4.39%6.49%0.99%
PENN Capital Opportunistic High Yield Fnd Inst (PHYNX)$8.90 15.50%N/AN/A0.73%
Barings Global High Yield Fund Y (BXGYX)$27.30 15.40%N/AN/A0.80%
Bottom 5
RiverPark Sht-Tm High Yield Fund Institutional (RPHIX)$933.20 3.22%2.51%3.04%0.84%
Wells Fargo Short-Term Hi Yld Bd Fd A (SSTHX)$1,466.10 3.33%2.37%2.99%0.82%
CMG Tactical Bond I (CHYOX)$19.10 4.05%N/AN/A1.74%
Shenkman Short Duration High Income Fund Inst (SCFIX)$411.40 4.54%2.52%N/A0.66%
Muzinich Credit Opportunities Fund Supra Inst (MZCSX)$271.60 4.73%3.66%N/A0.60%
Classification total/average$261,235.20 11.47%3.27%5.72%1.09%
Barclays U.S. High Yield 2% Issuer Cap Total Return13.66%4.65%6.91%

Top 10Portfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
Invesco Strategic Real Return Fund A (SRRAX)$23.70 5.88%N/AN/A0.82%
Lord Abbett Inflation Focused Fund I (LIFIX)$1,152.50 5.86%-0.84%0.23%0.55%
Columbia Diversified Real Return Fund Z (CDRZX)$1.50 5.61%0.42%N/A0.96%
Columbia Inflation Protected Securities Fund A (APSAX)$162.40 5.27%0.58%0.30%0.80%
PIMCO Fixed Income SHares Series R (FXIRX)$163.50 5.14%1.24%1.30%0.16%
PIMCO Real Return Asset Fund Institutional (PRAIX)$273.70 4.77%2.29%0.93%0.73%
Eaton Vance Short Duration Real Return Fund I (EIRRX)$140.40 4.66%1.27%1.26%0.62%
AB Bond Inflation Strategy 1 (ABNOX)$450.40 4.04%1.84%1.17%0.82%
DFA LTIP Portfolio Institutional (DRXIX)$91.90 4.02%2.60%-0.21%0.15%
Transamerica Inflation Opportunities I2$166.40 4.01%0.65%N/A0.66%
Bottom 5
SEI Inst Mgd Real Return Fund F (SRAAX)$279.90 1.52%0.14%-0.12%0.70%
Transamerica Partners Inflation-Protected Secs (DVIGX)$115.70 1.61%0.47%-0.07%1.00%
T Rowe Price Inflation Protected Bond Fund (PRIPX)$490.40 1.61%1.17%0.29%0.50%
Invesco Short Duration Inflation Protected Fund R5 (ALMIX)$793.80 1.63%1.10%0.64%0.30%
MFS Inflation-Adjusted Bond Fund A (MIAAX)$1,224.80 1.69%0.90%-0.12%0.80%
Classification total/average$100,145.90 2.81%0.88%0.20%0.78%
Barclays U.S. TIPS Total Return2.49%1.70%0.67%

Top 10Portfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
Eaton Vance Multisector Income Fund I (EVBIX)$539.60 18.67%2.41%N/A0.72%
Credit Suisse Strategic Income Fund I (CSOIX)$106.50 18.59%5.48%N/A0.99%
Catalyst/Princeton Unconstrained Hedged Income I (HIFIX)$2.20 13.44%N/AN/A1.58%
Lord Abbett Bond-Debenture Fund A (LBNDX)$10,160.90 12.06%4.98%6.68%0.82%
Cavalier Hedged High Income Fund Institutional (CHIIX)$5.70 11.73%3.51%N/A1.93%
Osterweis Strategic Income Fund (OSTIX)$5,409.70 10.99%3.55%4.93%0.83%
Putnam Diversified Income Trust A (PDINX)$3,376.70 10.79%1.02%4.08%1.00%
PIMCO Diversified Income Fund Institutional (PDIIX)$2,793.80 10.75%5.16%5.39%0.76%
Russell Investments Global Opportunistic Credit S (RGCSX)$1,824.20 10.16%3.71%4.82%0.90%
Virtus Multi-Sector Intermediate Bond Fund A (NAMFX)$319.30 10.03%3.38%4.71%1.02%
Bottom 5
Horizon Active Income Fund Investor (AIMNX)$190.00 0.12%0.36%N/A1.47%
Free Market Fixed Income Fund (FMFIX)$2,332.90 0.41%0.91%0.63%0.79%
Schwab Intermediate-Term Bond Fund (SWIIX)$326.10 0.74%1.94%1.63%0.46%
BlackRock Allocation Target Shares Series M (BRAMX)$597.90 1.12%2.92%2.86%0.01%
AB Taxable Multi-Sector Income Shs (CSHTX)$94.70 1.58%1.33%1.58%0.00%
Classification total/average$213,980.70 6.67%2.93%3.99%1.09%
Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Total Return1.23%2.73%2.31%

Top 10Portfolio net assets ($M)1-year return3-year return5-year returnExpense ratio*
Highland Floating Rate Opportunities Fund Z (HFRZX)$844.20 13.10%2.36%6.62%1.38%
Oppenheimer Senior Floating Rate Plus A (OSFAX)$73.20 11.91%3.40%N/A1.78%
Hartford Floating Rate High Income Fund I (HFHIX)$478.90 11.52%3.23%4.84%0.82%
Catalyst/Princeton Floating Rate Income Fund I (CFRIX)$36.50 11.33%1.76%N/A1.17%
Oppenheimer Senior Floating Rate Fund A (OOSAX)$14,841.50 10.93%3.74%4.56%1.11%
Palmer Square Income Plus Fund (PSYPX)$357.00 10.45%2.92%N/A0.85%
Barings Global Floating Rate Fund Y (BXFYX)$182.90 10.31%3.89%N/A0.75%
Natixis Loomis Sayles Senior Float Rt & Fxd Inc Y (LSFYX)$2,731.50 10.13%3.99%5.27%0.82%
Victory Floating Rate Fund Y (RSFYX)$870.30 9.06%2.90%4.03%0.78%
Invesco Floating Rate Fund A (AFRAX)$2,731.00 8.98%3.13%4.34%1.11%
Bottom 5
First Investors Floating Rate Fund A (FRFDX)$153.20 4.34%1.99%N/A1.10%
Delaware Floating Rate Fund Inst (DDFLX)$290.20 4.46%1.37%2.00%0.72%
Deutsche Floating Rate Fund A (DFRAX)$586.40 4.52%0.42%2.22%1.02%
DoubleLine Floating Rate Fund I (DBFRX)$425.70 4.67%3.01%N/A0.66%
GuideStone Flexible Income Fund Inv (GFLZX)$136.80 4.83%1.77%N/A1.13%
Classification total/average$118,426.50 7.45%2.90%3.86%1.12%
S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Total Return8.32%3.69%4.55%

Assets and returns as of March 31. Distinct classes and funds with $100 million portfolio minimum only. Excludes leveraged and inverse funds. Funds closed to new investors have been omitted for the top-10 grouping. Rankings are based on unrounded figures. Three- and five-year returns are annualized. In case of multiple share classes, the oldest share class is listed. N/A = not available (fund has been in operation for less than the year indicated). *Net prospectus.
Source: Lipper


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