Utility funds are an excellent choice for investors seeking a steady income flow. They are also used as defensive instruments, which protect investments during a market downturn. This is because the demand for essential services such as those provided by utilities remains unchanged even during difficult times. In recent years, many funds in this category have increased their exposure to emerging markets and unregulated companies. This has increased the risk involved, but has also generated higher returns.
Below, we will share with you three top-rated utility mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) as we expect these mutual funds to outperform their peers in the future. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all utilities mutual funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.
Kinetics Alternative Income Advisor A (MUTF:KWIAX) seeks to provide current income. KWIAX invests the majority of its assets in the Alternative Income Portfolio, a series of Kinetics Portfolios Trust that holds a portfolio of primarily fixed income securities. The Kinetics Alternative Income Advisor A fund has a three-year annualized return of 2.4%.
As of December 2015, KWIAX held 244 issues, with 10.12% of its total assets invested in iShares 1-3 Year Credit Bond.
Putnam Global Telecommunication A (MUTF:PGBZX) invests a major portion of its assets in common stocks of both large and mid-sized companies across the world. PGBZX invests in companies involved in the manufacturing or selling of communication services or communication equipment. PGBZX uses derivative instruments for both hedging and non-hedging purposes. The Putnam Global Telecommunication A fund has a three-year annualized return of 9.3%.
PGBZX has an expense ratio of 1.26% as compared to a category average of 1.44%.
AllianzGI Global Water C (MUTF:AWTCX) seeks long-term capital growth. AWTCX invests a major portion of its assets in common stocks of companies that are represented in the S&P Global Water Index, the NASDAQ OMX US Water or Global Water Indices or the S-Network Global Water Index, or are involved in water-related activities. AllianzGI Global Water C is a non-diversified fund and has a three-year annualized return of 4.2%.
Andreas Fruschki is the fund manager since 2008.
To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all utilities mutual funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds .
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