Top 5 Zacks #1 Ranked International Bond Funds - Best of Funds

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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 ) invests a large share of its assets in debt securities issued from emerging market countries. The fund invests without limit in debt securities rated below investment grade. The international bond mutual fund returned 12.9% in the last one year period.

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

GMO Emerging Country Debt IV ( GMDFX ) seeks total return higher than its benchmark, the J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global. The fund focuses on investing in sovereign debt of developing markets but it can also invest in entities related or not related to the emerging countries. The international bond mutual fund returned 22.44% in the last one year period.

The international bond mutual fund has an expense ratio of 0.59% compared to a category average of 1.26%.

JPMorgan Emerging Markets Debt ( JEMDX ) invests the majority of its assets in debt securities issued in emerging markets. These securities may be dollar-denominated or may be issued in foreign currencies. The fund is non-diversified and may also purchase securities rated below investment grade. The international bond mutual fund returned 17.13% in the last one year period.

As of September 2012, this international bond mutual fund held 181 issues, with 6.80% of its total assets invested in Russian Federation 7.5%

Federated Emerging Market Debt A ( IHIAX ) seeks high current income. The fund invests a large share of its assets in fixed income securities from emerging markets. It invests in securities regardless of their maturity period. The international bond mutual fund is non-diversified and returned 16.3% in the last one year period.

The Fund Manager is Roberto Sanchez-Dahl and he has managed this international bond mutual fund since 2001.

Goldman Sachs Emerging Market Debt A ( GSDAX ) invests heavily in government and corporate debt securities and in fixed income securities issued from emerging markets. The fund invests in securities regardless of their credit rating. The international bond mutual fund returned 16.54% in the last one year period.

The international bond mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $1,000 and an expense ratio of 1.22% compared to a category average of 1.26%.

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 .

About Zacks Mutual Fund Rank

By applying the Zacks Rank to mutual funds, investors can find funds that not only outpaced the market in the past but are also expected to outperform going forward. Learn more about the Zacks Mutual Fund Rank at http://www.zacks.com/funds .


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(FEMDX): ETF Research Reports

(GMDFX): ETF Research Reports

(GSDAX): ETF Research Reports

(IHIAX): ETF Research Reports

(JEMDX): ETF Research Reports

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