YTD Top Performer Long Term Government Bond Mutual Funds 2012

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YTD top performer long term government bond mutual funds up to July 22, 2012 are PIMCO Extended Duration, Wasatch-Hoisington US Treasury, Vanguard Long-Term Treasury, etc.

Best Performing Bond Mutual Funds

These best performing long government bond mutual funds are sorted based on its year to date performance up to July 22, 2012. You may find several mutual fund families such as PIMCO fund, Rydex, ProFunds, Wasatch, American Century, Vanguard fund, Fidelity fund, T. Rowe Price fund, etc.

The YTD Top Performer Long Term Government Bond Mutual Funds up to July 22 2012 are:
  1. PIMCO Extended Duration I (PEDIX)
  2. Rydex Government Long Bond 1.2x Strategy Inv (RYGBX)
  3. ProFunds US Government Plus Inv (GVPIX)
  4. Wasatch-Hoisington US Treasury (WHOSX)
  5. PIMCO Long-Term US Government A (PFGAX)
  6. American Century Zero Coupon 2025 Inv (BTTRX)
  7. Direxion Monthly 10 Year Note Bull 2X (DXKLX)
  8. Vanguard Long-Term Treasury Inv (VUSTX)
  9. Fidelity Spartan Long Term Treasury Bond Index (FLBIX)
  10. T. Rowe Price US Treasury Long-Term (PRULX)
updated on 7/24/2012
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1. PIMCO Extended Duration I (PEDIX)

The PIMCO Extended Duration fund utilizes its assets to purchase a diversified portfolio of high quality, long dated maturity fixed income instruments. It is managed by Stephen Rodosky since 2007. The expense ratio is 0.50%. It also has $382 million of total net assets. The CUSIP number is 72201F599.

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Ranked with 5 stars by Morningstar, this long term government bond fund has a YTD return of 11.59%. It has a 5 year annualized return of 19.70%. The top 3 bond sectors in its holdings are U.S. Treasury (70.39%), U.S. Agency (3.91%), and Non-U.S. government (1.68%).

2. Rydex Government Long Bond 1.2x Strategy Inv (RYGBX)

This Rydex Government Long Bond 1.2x Strategy fund invests mainly in U.S. government securities and derivative instruments. It may use leverage to enhance its objective. Morningstar has rated this mutual fund with 3 stars rating. The expense ratio is 0.95% per year. Its annual portfolio turnover rate is 2,322% (very high).

3. ProFunds US Government Plus Inv (GVPIX)

The investment objective of ProFunds US Government Plus fund is to provide daily investment results that correspond to 1.25 times the daily price movement of the long bond. Michelle Liu is the fund manager. The year to date return is 9.07%. You can buy this fund with $15,000 initial investment.

4. Wasatch-Hoisington US Treasury (WHOSX)

Wasatch-Hoisington US Treasury fund uses most of its assets to buy U.S. Treasury securities. Managed by Van Robert Hoisington, it has $261 million of assets. The expense ratio is 0.75%. It opens to new investors. The dividend yield is 2.26%.

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This long term government bond mutual fund is ranked with 4 stars rating by Morningstar. It has returned 18.83% over the past 3 year, and 15.11% over the past 5 year.

6. American Century Zero Coupon 2025 Inv (BTTRX)

American Century Zero Coupon 2025 fund aim is to provide highest return by investing in U.S. Treasuries securities. It invests mainly in zero-coupon securities. The distribution yield is 2.99%. It is paid yearly. The expense ratio is only 0.56%.

This long government bond fund has a year-to-date return of 7.99%. The 3 year beta risk is 4.40. The Sharpe ratio is 1.06. It has its worst 1 year total return in 2009 with -20.96%.

8. Vanguard Long-Term Treasury Inv (VUSTX)

This Vanguard Long-Term Treasury fund is offered by 92 brokerages. You can buy it with $3,000 initial funding. The fund has an average effective duration of 14.74 years. The average effective maturity is 21.40 years. David R. Glocke is the fund manager.

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As of June 2012, the top 3 holdings are US Treasury Bond 4.375%, US Treasury Bond 3.875%, and US Treasury Bond 6.25%. The top 3 sectors are U.S. Treasury, Agency MBS CMO, and Agency MBS Pass-Through.

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Fund Performance
NoFund DescriptionTickerYTD ReturnExpense RatioAssets (mil)
1PIMCO Extended Duration PPEDPX11.590.6383
2Rydex Govt Long Bond 1.2x Strategy InvRYGBX10.270.95445
3ProFunds US Government Plus InvGVPIX9.071.3756
4Wasatch-Hoisington US TreasuryWHOSX8.910.75278
5PIMCO Long-Term US Government APFGAX8.420.821627
6American Century Zero Coupon 2025 InvBTTRX7.990.56285
7Direxion Mthly 10 Year Note Bull 2XDXKLX7.91.9153
8Vanguard Long-Term Treasury InvVUSTX7.430.23844
9Fidelity Spartan L/T Tr Bd Idx InvFLBIX7.380.2415
10T. Rowe Price US Treasury Long-TermPRULX7.30.55532
11Dreyfus US Treasury Long-TermDRGBX7.20.6599
12American Century Zero Coupon 2020 InvBTTTX5.540.56383

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