Zacks #1 Ranked Balanced Funds

Abhijit Ghosh

By creating a diversified portfolio of both stocks and bonds, balanced funds ensure that they harness the inherent strengths of both classes of instruments. Most of the competently managed funds in this category keep the proportion of assets invested in different asset classes flexible and make adjustments in keeping with prevailing market conditions. This ensures that fixed-income securities protect the portfolio from losses during a downturn while equity securities harness maximum gains from a rising market.

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

Invesco Income Allocation A (ALAAX) seeks current income. It invests in underlying funds and ETFs suggested by Invesco Advisers, Inc. and PowerShares Capital Management LLC, respectively. The underlying funds in turn invest in both U.S. and non U.S. companies, fixed income instruments and REITs. It allocates 60%-70% of its assets in fixed-income instruments and 30%-40% in equities. The balanced mutual fund has returned 12.31% over the last one year period.

The fund has an expense ratio of 0.25% as compared to category average of 0.92%.

Franklin Templeton Founding Allocation A (FFALX) invests equal shares of its assets in underlying funds of Franklin Income Fund, Mutual Shares Fund and Templeton Growth Fund. These funds invest in both domestic and foreign companies and also invest in fixed-income and money market instruments. The balanced mutual fund has returned 22.59% over the last one year period.

T. Anthony Coffey is the fund manager and has managed this fund since 2003.

Nuveen Strategy Balanced Allocation A (FSGNX) seeks capital appreciation and current income. It allocates its assets in underlying funds that invests in equities and fixed income instruments. In order to maximize its return, it may also invest in absolute return fund. The balanced mutual fund has returned 16.04% over the last one year period.

As of May 2014, the fund held 42 issues with 11.37% of its assets invested in Nuveen International Select I.

American Funds Global Balanced A (GBLAX) invests in debt and equity securities, both domestic and foreign. The fund invests a minimum of 45% of its assets in common stock and other equity securities. A minimum of 25% of its assets are invested in debt securities. The balanced mutual fund has returned 18.86% over the last one year period.

The fund has an expense ratio of 0.93% as compared to category average of 1.08%.

Putnam Dynamic Asset Allocation Growth A (PAEAX) seeks capital growth over long run. It invests 65% to 95% of its assets in equities and 35% to 5% of its assets in debt securities. It invests in companies of any market capitalization across the globe. It may also invest in fixed income securities of both domestic and foreign governments and corporate debts. Investments are also made in other derivatives including futures, warrants and swap contracts. The balanced mutual fund has returned 22.07% over the last one year period.

Joshua B. Kutin is the fund manager and has managed this fund since 2011.

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

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