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The 3 Best Janus Funds to Buy for 2017

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If you’re looking for the best mutual funds to buy in 2017, Janus funds should be on your short list.

The 3 Best Janus Funds to Buy for 2017The management company and fund adviser, Janus Capital Management LLC, isn’t a household name like Vanguard, Fidelity or American funds, but investors who love outstanding mutual funds know about Janus funds.

Janus funds hit the investment radar in the late 1990s, when a handful of their growth stock funds were seeing annual gains of 100% or more. But the technology bust of the early 2000s all but erased Janus funds from the minds of mutual fund investors.

However, Janus has done some serious rebuilding in recent years and the fund company has more than 350 funds, which includes all share classes of Janus funds and the new acquisitions of INTECH and Perkins Investments. And in 2014, Janus Capital hired Bill Gross as a fund manager and guru spokesperson.

This coming year could be setting up to be a great year for Janus funds. Here are three of the best of Janus to consider for your own portfolio.

Best Janus Funds for 2017: Janus Diversified Alternatives Fund (JDADX)

Best Janus Funds for 2017: Janus Diversified Alternatives Fund (JDADX)Expenses: 1.42%, or $142 for every $10,000 invested
Minimum Initial Investment: $2,500

One theme that will likely surface in 2017 is volatility arising from uncertainty and funds like Janus Diversified Alternatives (MUTF:JDADX) can be a smart addition to your portfolio.

The JDADX portfolio seeks absolute returns with a hedging combination of commodities, futures and fixed income. In different words, investors looking to reduce volatility in their portfolios with the best funds that have low correlation to stocks and bonds should consider JDADX for 2017.

For a reference on performance, JDADX is 4-star (out of 5) mutual fund that handily beat more than 90% of funds in the multi-alternative asset category in 2016.

Best Janus Funds for 2017: Janus Growth and Income Fund (JNGIX)

Best Janus Funds for 2017: Janus Growth and Income Fund (JNGIX)Expenses: 0.79%
Minimum Initial Investment: $2,500

A fund that mixes growth and value like Janus Growth and Income (MUTF:JNGIX) may prove to be the smartest tactical move for 2017.

With a maturing business cycle, investors can expect growth stocks to hold the momentum but to balance the downside risk that comes along with it, value stocks can help to diversify away some of that risk.

The JNGIX portfolio holds solid large-cap stocks like Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to find that balance of growth and income.

Best Janus Funds for 2017: Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund (JUCDX)

Best Janus Funds for 2017: Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund (JUCDX)Expenses: 1.01%
Minimum Initial Investment: $2,500

An environment of rising interest rates in 2017 may mark the year where go-anywhere, actively managed bond funds like Janus Global Unconstrained Bond (MUTF:JUCDX) take the performance lead away from index funds.

Could 2017 be the return of Bill Gross, the bond king that fell from grace in his departure from Pimco just a few years ago? In its first full calendar year, 2015 saw Gross and his JUCDX portfolio lose to the Barclays Aggregate U.S. Bond Index.

As 2016 is winding to a close, the JUCDX fund is up 4.7%, which nearly doubles that of the 2.6% for the index and it beat two-thirds of funds in the non-traditional bond category.

Like the other two selections for best Janus funds of 2017, JUCDX can be a smart idea for the dual purpose of diversification and potential for outperforming the broader market indices.

As of this writing, Kent Thune did not personally hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. His No. 1 holding is his privately held investment advisory firm in Hilton Head Island, SC. Under no circumstances does this information represent a recommendation to buy or sell securities.

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