If you're looking for bond funds you may want to do it American style --

American Funds

, that is.

The company best known for the largest stock fund in the world -- its $147 billion

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Growth Fund of America behemoth -- is also one of the best places to put your money when looking for a bond play.

Every month TheStreet.com Ratings analyzes 5,000 bond funds and generates a top 200 list that highlights the best-rated and best-performing funds. Our latest list is dominated by the Capital Research & Management-owned American Funds family.

For the full year 2006, the breakdown of this list by asset class shows that two of the most prominent types of funds are corporate high-yield funds and general investment-grade funds.

With these two options, investors can choose, according to their own risk tolerances and risk/return criteria, whether they want to chase higher yields and higher risk via the Corporate High Yield market or reduce the level of risk by investing in investment grade bonds. A combination of both types of funds is also an option.

Below is a table highlighting the corporate high-yield funds that made our top 200 list. All funds in both tables are rated A plus by our models.

Our table for general investment-grade funds is below. Notice that the dividend yield and short-term returns of these funds are notably lower than the corporate high-yield market. This is, however, in line with the standard risk/return tradeoff.

Sam Patel, CFA, is the manager of mutual fund research for the TheStreet.com Ratings.

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