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Balanced funds provide investors with the convenience of buying into a single fund rather holding both equity and bond funds. This category of funds also reduces a portfolio’s volatility while providing higher returns than pure fixed income investments. Fund managers of such funds also enjoy the flexibility of varying the proportion of equity and fixed income investments in response to market conditions. An upswing may prompt them to hold a relatively higher share of equity in order to maximize gains; whereas a downturn sees them turning to fixed income investments to stem losses.

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.

Mairs & Power Balanced (MAPOX - MF report) invests with the objective of obtaining yield which is at least 25% higher than the S&P 500. Investments are parked in equity and fixed income securities. The balanced mutual fund returned 19.50% in the last one year period.

Ronald Kaliebe is the fund manager and has managed this balanced mutual fund since 2006.

DWS Global Income Builder A (KTRAX - MF report) seeks maximum income in addition to capital growth. The fund invests in securities irrespective of size, category or credit worthiness issued by any company in the globe. A minimum of 40% of its assets are invested in securities issued by foreign companies. The balanced mutual fund returned 12.46% over the last one year period.

As of July 2013, this balanced mutual fund held 547 issues, with 3.70% of its total assets invested in Procter & Gamble Co.

ING Franklin Income Portfolio (IIFAX - MF report) invests in both equity and debt securities. The fund focuses on increasing its income by investing in foreign, corporate and U.S. Treasury Bonds. Stocks which have high dividend yields are also considered for investment. The balanced mutual fund returned 12.45% over the last one year period.

The balanced mutual fund has an expense ratio of 1.38% compared to a category average of 0.93%.

Wells Fargo Advantage Growth Balanced (NVGBX - MF report) seeks capital appreciation and current income. Investments are made in those securities with low volatility and the potential to provide steady returns. At least 65% of its assets are invested in equity while the remainder is invested in fixed income securities. The balanced mutual fund returned 21.14% in the last one year period.

Thomas Biwer is the fund manager and has managed this balanced mutual fund since 2005.

Delaware Foundation Moderate Allocation A (DFBAX - MF report) invests 60% of its assets in equity securities while the remainder is allocated for fixed income instruments. A maximum of 15% of its assets are invested in securities issued by the emerging markets. Between 10% to 60% of its assets are invested in foreign securities. The balanced mutual fund returned 12.22% over the last one year period.

The balanced mutual fund has an expense ratio of 1.13% compared to a category average of 1.01%.

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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