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10 Best Funds for Long-Term Investors

Expense Ratio: 0.15%

Load: 0.00%

Rated "C+" by TheStreet Ratings:

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3. iShares S&P 500 Index Fund

iShares S&P 500 Index Fund (IVV) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of S&P 500 index. The index measures the performance of the large-capitalization sector of the U.S equity market. The fund uses a replication strategy to try to track the Index, which includes approximately 78% of the market capitalization of all publicly traded U.S equity securities. The stocks in the index are selected according to the total market value of their outstanding shares.

Expense Ratio: 0.09%

Load: 0.00%

Rated "C" by TheStreet Ratings:

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2. SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) is comprised of the 500 stocks in the S&P 500 Index, which is designed to capture the price performance of a large cross-section of the U.S publicly traded stock market. The main objective of the fund is to replicate the total return of the S&P 500 Index. The SPDR Trust, Series 1 seeks to match the total return of the S&P 500 Index. To accomplish this, the trust utilized a full replication approach. With this strategy, all 500 securities of the S&P 500 Index are owned by the Trust in their approximate market capitalization weight.

Expense Ratio: 0.09%

Load: 0.00%

Rated "C" by TheStreet Ratings:

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1. Vanguard 500 Index ETF

Vanguard 500 Index ETF (VOO) seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of large-capitalization stocks. The fund employs a "passive management" approach designed to track the performance of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

Expense Ratio: 0.06%

Load: 0.00%

Rated "C-" by TheStreet Ratings:

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How We Rate Funds

TheStreet Ratings condenses the available fund performance and risk data, including penalties for load charges, into a single composite opinion of each fund's risk-adjusted performance. This allows the unbiased identification of those funds that have historically done well and those that have underperformed the market. While there is no guarantee of future performance, these investment ratings provide a solid framework for making informed, timely investment decisions. In order to qualify for a rating, an open-end fund must either have three years of risk and return data or be an additional share class of an existing fund with at least three years of performance statistics.

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