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5 Top Mutual Funds So Far in 2012

Hot categories include health care and emering-market debt

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2012 has been a friendly year to mutual funds. Of course, that’s thanks to a stock market in full bull mode, with the S&P 500 up a sizzling 15% through three quarters.

Some of the hottest categories to date have included large-growth stocks, health care, emerging-market bonds, global real estate and foreign small/mid growth.

In looking for the best mutual funds for 2012 year-to-date, we included at least a couple requirements — for instance, a fund needed to have at least $1 billion in assets, and also had to be actively managed.

Here are the five top mutual funds that stood out:

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