What are the best Index funds for your 401k, Roth IRA, IRA

The best index funds over the last year include many precious metal funds, among other well known names as Midas.  The bottom line is, gold is being used as a significant hedging tool against dollar losses. The problem is now, is it too late now to jump on the bandwagon? There is still some life left in these guys – with uncertainty hanging in the air. But be ceratin you are diversified before jumping into anything “trendy” such as gold or other precious metals including silver.

Ticker Name 1 Year
total return
TGLDX Tocqueville Gold 72.81
OCMGX OCM Gold 71.63
INIVX Van Eck Intl Investors Gold A 70.02
USAGX USAA Precious Metals and Minerals 69.06
FKRCX Franklin Gold and Precious Metals A 68.78
FSAGX Fidelity Select Gold 66.78
BGEIX American Century Global Gold Inv 65.48
EKWBX Evergreen Precious Metals B 64.44
SGGDX First Eagle Gold A 62.87
GOLDX GAMCO Gold AAA 62.85
DPCAX Dreyfus Greater China A 62.75
INPMX RiverSource Precious Metals & Mining A 56.88
OPGSX Oppenheimer Gold & Special Minerals A 53.19
MIIFX Monteagle Informed Investor Growth 52.42
FGLDX AIM Gold & Precious Metals Inv 51.92
RYPMX Rydex Precious Metals Inv 51.08
DEAAX Dreyfus Emerging Asia A 48.36
SCGDX DWS Gold & Precious Metals S 46.57
UNWPX U.S. Global Investors Wld Prec Minerals 44.49
USERX U.S. Global Investors Gold and Prec Mtls 43.31
PFSAX Dryden Financial Svcs A 36.44
BPLSX Robeco Long/Short Eq I 34.51
PMPIX ProFunds Precious Metals UltraSector Inv 33.67
AACFX AIM China A 31.99
OBCHX Oberweis China Opportunities 31.98
CTVAX Catalyst Value A 30.39
OSMAX Oppenheimer International Small Co A 30.32
RBCGX Reynolds Blue Chip Growth 29.18
FEAAX Fidelity Advisor Emerging Asia A 26.51
DIBAX Dreyfus International Bond A 24.94
MIDSX Midas 24.74
INTLX Forester Discovery 24.48
ICHKX Guinness Atkinson China & Hong Kong 23.87
JGPAX JHancock Global Opportunities A 23.73
OMNAX Old Mutual China A 23.50
SIRRX Sierra Core Retirement R 22.38
ICMAX Intrepid Small Cap 21.94
DLHIX Delaware Healthcare I 21.86
ODHYX Old Mutual Dwight High Yield Intl 21.68
MCHFX Matthews China 21.62

The above list was found here.

The top index funds at this time last year were:

LARGE-CAP
FSMKX Fidelity Spartan 500 Index Investor -23.4% 0.0% 4.5% 0.1% $10,000 Blend
FSTMX Fidelity Spartan Total Market Index Inv -22.6% 0.4% 5.4% 0.1% $10,000 Blend
VFINX Vanguard 500 Index -23.4% -0.0% 4.5% 0.1% $3,000 Blend
VTSMX Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx -22.7% 0.3% 5.3% 0.1% $3,000 Blend
MIDCAP
VIMSX Vanguard Mid Capitalization Index -26.3% -1.3% 7.3% 0.2% $3,000 Blend
SMALL-CAP
NAESX Vanguard Small Cap Index -19.7% 0.7% 7.8% 0.2% $3,000 Blend
SPECIALTY
VGSIX Vanguard REIT Index -15.0% 4.5% 12.2% 0.2% $3,000 Real estate
FOREIGN
FSIIX Fidelity Spartan International Index Inv -30.0% 1.8% 9.5% 0.1% $10,000 Blend
VEIEX Vanguard Emerging Mkts Stock Idx -34.8% 7.7% 18.0% 0.4% $3,000 Emerging markets
VGTSX Vanguard Total Intl Stock Index -31.2% 2.6% 10.6% 0.0% $3,000 Blend
BOND
VBISX Vanguard Short-Term Bond Index 4.4% 4.5% 3.2% 0.2% $3,000 Bonds
VBMFX Vanguard Total Bond Market Index 4.0% 4.2% 3.8% 0.2% $3,000 Bonds
Data as of: October 1, 2008

Source: CNN.Money.com


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