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Mutual Fund Commentary

The international bond market has come to represent a particularly lucrative opportunity for investors. Though the U.S. bond market continues to attract investors, it has featured infrequently among the best performing international markets. Today international markets represent more than half of the world’s fixed income investment opportunities. Further, the presence of foreign fixed income securities in a portfolio helps protect capital invested against currency fluctuations. With their widely diversified holdings, mutual funds offer a secure route to investing in the international bond market.

Below we will share with you 5 top rated international bond 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 international bond funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

Franklin Templeton Emerging Market Debt Opportunities (FEMDX - MF report) invests a large share of its assets in debt securities issued by emerging markets. The fund may invest without limit in debt securities rated below investment grade. The international bond mutual fund returned 17.22% in the last one year period.

The Fund Manager is William Ledward and he has managed this international bond mutual fund since 2006.

Goldman Sachs Emerging Market Debt A (GSDAX - MF report) seeks high total return. The fund invests heavily in government and corporate debt securities issued from emerging markets. The fund invests in securities irrespective of their credit rating. The international bond mutual fund is non-diversified and has returned 19.36% in the last one year period.

The international bond mutual fund has an expense ratio of 1.22% compared to a category average of 1.25%.

JPMorgan Emerging Markets Debt (JEMDX - MF report) invests the majority of its assets in government as well as corporate debt securities issued in emerging markets. The international bond mutual fund returned 20.49% in the last one year period.

As of November 2012, this international bond mutual fund held 98 issues, with 2.99% of its total assets invested in Colombia Rep 4.375%.

Goldman Sachs Local Emerging Markets Debt A (GAMDX - MF report) seeks appreciably high total return. The fund invests a large share of its assets in sovereign and corporate debt instruments related to developing countries. The instruments invested in must be denominated in their respective currencies. The international bond mutual fund has a one year annualized return of 20.45%.

As of September 2012, this international bond mutual fund held 251 issues, with 4.44% of its total assets invested in Ir202533 Irs Brl R F 7.76000.

The international bond mutual fund has an expense ratio of 0.94% compared to a category average of 1.28%.

Columbia Emerging Markets Bond A (REBAX - MF report) invests the majority of its assets in emerging markets fixed income instruments. Not more than one-fourth of its total assets can be allocated to securities issued by any single foreign government. The international bond mutual fund is non-diversified and returned 20.40% in the last one year period.

The Fund Manager is Nicholas Pifer and he has managed this international bond mutual fund since 2006.

To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all international bond mutual funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

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