Investors willing to undertake a reasonable amount of risk in pursuit of high income levels would do well to consider high yield bonds. This category generally represents corporate bonds with low ratings, often below investment grade. A significant amount of risk is therefore associated with these investments and mutual funds are the best option to invest in these instruments. By investing in a well diversified portfolio of such securities they successfully lower the associated risk for the investor.
Below we will share with you the 5 highest yielding Zacks #1 ranked high yield mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we expect these mutual funds to outperform their peers in the future.
|Mutual Fund||Sec Yield|
|MassMutual Premier High Yield A||9.58%|
|Transamerica Partners High Yield Bond A||9.56%|
|Delaware Pooled High Yield Bond A||8.16%|
|Touchstone High Yield A||8%|
|Waddell & Reed HIgh-Income A||7.61%|
Scott D. Roth is the fund manager and he has managed this high yield mutual fund since 2010.
Transamerica High Yield Bond (DVHYX) seeks a high level of current income. The fund invests in preferred stocks and high yield debt securities. The majority of the fund’s assets are used to purchase junk bonds and related securities. It utilizes an underlying fund to purchase these instruments. The high yield has a three year annualized return of 10.02%.
The high yield mutual fund has an expense ratio of 1.10% compared to a category average of 1.17%.
Delaware Pooled High-Yield Bond (DPHYX) invests the majority of its assets in high-yield fixed income securities. Not more than 25% of its assets may be utilized to purchase securities issued by companies domiciled abroad. The high yield mutual fund has a five year annualized return of 9.95%.
Chuck M. Devereux is the fund manager and she has managed this high yield mutual fund since 2007.
Touchstone High Yield A (THYAX) seeks significant income with capital growth as a secondary objective. The fund invests a large proportion of its assets in debt securities rated below investment grade. The fund focuses on acquiring high yield securities issued by companies from the U.S. The high yield mutual fund has a ten year annualized return of 7.66%.
As of March 2011, this high yield mutual fund held 180 issues, with 3.59% of its total assets invested in Touchstone Institutional Money Market.
Waddell & Reed High-Income A (UNHIX) invests the majority of its assets in a wide range of high yield debt instruments, the risk associated with which is in consonance with the fund’s objective. The fund purchases fixed-income securities without regard to their maturity period. The high yield mutual fund returned 17.8% over the last one year period.
The high yield mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $500 and an expense ratio of 1.09% compared to a category average of 1.17%.
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