Midyear Review – The Best Mutual Funds of 2014

Which are the best funds in 2014, and what does this performance tell us about market conditions going forward?

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Midyear Review – The Best Mutual Funds of 2014

The top performing mutual funds of 2014 through June 30 include a few surprises, as well as some clues about where the market might be heading in the second half of the year.

QuarterlyReviewOutlook185 Midyear Review   The Best Mutual Funds of 2014For reference — and what might be considered our first surprise in light of the cautious investor sentiment pervading the market at mid-year — the S&P 500 Index has climbed an impressive 7.1%.

Although investors might yawn about such gains in comparison to the 25%-plus returns in the past few years, if we project this return forward, it adds up to an annualized 14.2% return for 2014.

These still are the days of ideal market conditions.

Besides, if you do think the market is boring now, be thankful — exciting does not by default translate into positive in the investment universe.

All that said, if you do enjoy something more exciting than what the market has returned so far, here’s our look at a few outliers — namely, some of the best mutual funds through six months, broken out into U.S. equity, international stock, sector and bond funds.

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