Top 5 Zacks #1 Ranked Global Mutual Funds

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The key benefit that global mutual funds provide is diversification since they invest in overseas markets while also holding domestic equities. Thus, they make good additions to a portfolio weighted in favor of domestic investments. The tepid economic climate in mature markets such as Europe and the US has led global fund managers to look for better opportunities in emerging markets which may also imply dealing with greater volatility However, it has been observed over the years that a judicious combination of foreign and domestic investments generate better returns at lower levels of risk.

Below we will share with you 5 top rated global mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we expect these mutual funds to outperform their peers in the future. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all global funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

Oppenheimer Global A (OPPAX) seeks capital growth. The fund invests in a wide range of securities worldwide, which may also include companies from emerging markets. The fund focuses on investing in large and mid-cap firms and invests in minimum three countries. The global mutual fund has a one year annualized return of 22.22%.

The global mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $1,000 and an expense ratio of 1.22% compared to a category average of 1.36%.

MassMutual Premier Global A (MGFAX) invests without any restriction across several countries including emerging economies. However, it primarily focuses on investments in developed markets such as the US, Western European countries and Japan. The global mutual fund has a one year annualized return of 21.75%.

As of November 2012, this global mutual fund held 90 issues, with 3.28% of its total assets invested in eBay Inc.

Polaris Global Value (PGVFX) seeks capital growth. The fund invests predominantly in common stocks of companies across the world as well as ADRs. These firms may also include companies from emerging markets. It invests in around 15 different industries and seeks to diversify across regions. The global mutual fund has a one year annualized return of 21.03%.

The fund manager is Bernard R. Horn, Jr. and he has managed this global mutual fund since 1998.

Thornburg Global Opportunities A (THOAX) invests in a wide range of equity securities worldwide. This includes common and preferred stocks, real estate investment trusts and other equity trusts. The global mutual fund has a one year annualized return of 18.86%.

The global mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $5,000 and an expense ratio of 1.49% compared to a category average of 1.36%.

Putnam Global Equity A (PEQUX) seeks capital growth. The fund invests the majority of its assets in equity securities of companies across the world. It focuses on acquiring common stocks of large and mid-cap companies. The fund primarily invests in mature economies but may also invest in firms from emerging markets. The global mutual fund has a one year annualized return of 18.47%.

The fund manager is Shigeki Makino and he has managed this global mutual fund since 2002.

To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all global mutual funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

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