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: