Michael Collins, Robert Tipp, Richard Piccirillo,and Gregory Peters
Prudential Total Return Bond (PDBZX)
Morningstar category: Intermediate-term bond
In a year when the Bloomberg Barclay’s U.S. Aggregate Bond Index eked out a 3.54% gain, Prudential Total Return Bond Fund jumped 6.62%, the bond market’s equivalent of winning a footrace by a football field or two. The fund has beaten its average peer by a similar margin the past decade. "This team has shown it can weather the storm when it comes to market volatility, and the managers have the flexibility to adjust the fund when necessary," said Laura Pavlenko Lutton, Morningstar's director of manager research.