Major Bond Funds
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>>Here are the results for 474 bond funds that are listed on the Nasdaq, have assets of at least $400 million, are available to individual investors for a minimum investment of $25,000 or less and have been in operation since Jan. 1, 2003 or earlier. We've switched data providers--we're using Lipper this year. As a result, some of the categories and peer-group rankings may look different from those in previous years. For example, Lipper classifies Vanguard GNMA as a government mortgage fund; in previous years it was categorized as an intermediate-term government fund. The peer-group ranks reflect these new groups. Yields are 12-month yields.
(Note: MONEY 100 funds are included in the tables regardless of assets or minimum initial investment.)
Bond Funds % RETURN THROUGH DEC. 18 PEER THREE FIVE 10 COMPANY/FUND NAME TICKER GROUP 2003 YEARS YEARS YEARS
AAL Bond A AAINX IID 6.0 6.9 5.9 5.8 Municipal Bond A AAMBX GM 4.8 6.4 4.8 5.7
ABN AMRO Bond N CHTBX IID 4.1 6.1 5.6 6.3
PEER-GROUP RANK Company/Fund name '03 '02 '01 '00
AAL Bond A A D B B Municipal Bond A B C A A
ABN AMRO Bond N C D B B
% % % SALES EXPENSE ASSETS Company/Fund name YIELD LOAD RATIO ($ MIL.) TELEPHONE
AAL Bond A 4.37 4.50 0.85 521 800-847-4836 Municipal Bond A 4.29 4.50 0.79 663
ABN AMRO Bond N 4.63 None 0.74 497 800-992-8151
Notes:  Annualized.  Closed to new investors.  Maximum deferred sales charge. A dash indicates not available or not applicable. Peer-group rank: A=fund finished in top quarter of peer group; B=second quarter; C=third quarter; D=fourth quarter. Source: Lipper, 877-955-4773.