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3 Strong Buy Wells Fargo Advantage Funds

Wells Fargo Advantage Funds has over $121.5 billion (excluding money market assets) of assets allocated across a wide range of mutual fund categories. The company manages more than 110 mutual funds, which include both domestic and foreign funds, asset allocation funds and fixed-income funds. The Wells Fargo fund family boasts that "Each fund is guided by a premier investment team chosen for its focused attention to a particular investment style. There's a fund to meet the investment goals and risk tolerance of almost any investment portfolio."

Meanwhile, Wells Fargo, the owner of Wells Fargo Advantage Funds brand, is one of the four largest banks in the U.S. and has a legacy spanning 150 years in the financial services sector. It is a highly diversified financial services company with operations spanning the globe. In 2010, the Boards of Trustees of Wells Fargo Advantage Funds and Evergreen Funds had approved the merger of the fund families to create the new fund lineup under the Wells Fargo Advantage Funds brand.

Below we share with you 3 top-rated Wells Fargo Advantage Funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and is expected to outperform its peers in the future. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all Wells Fargo Advantage Funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of Wells Fargo Advantage Funds .

Wells Fargo Advantage Pennsylvania Tax-Free A ( EKVAX ) seeks to provide tax exempted income. EKVAX invests a large chunk of its assets in municipal securities that are expected to provide interest income free from Pennsylvania individual income tax and federal income tax, which also include federal alternative minimum tax (AMT). However, EKVAX may invest a maximum of 20% of its assets in municipal securities that pay interests, which are not exempted from federal income tax. The Wells Fargo Advantage PA Tax-Free A fund has returned 2.6% over the past one year.

Robert J. Miller is one of the fund managers of CSGEX since 2009.

Wells Fargo Advantage Small Company Growth A ( WFSAX ) invests a major portion of its assets in equity related securities of small-cap companies. Companies with market capitalizations similar to those included in the Russell 2000 Index are considered small cap ones by the WFSAX advisors. WFSAX is expected to invest 100% of its assets in the Small Company Growth Portfolio. The Wells Fargo Advantage Small Company Growth A fund has returned 3% over the past one year.

As of September 2015, WFSAX held 126 issues with 1.75% of its assets invested in SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc.

Wells Fargo Advantage Core Bond A ( MBFAX ) seeks total return through growth of capital and income. MBFAX invests the lion's share of its assets in bonds that are rated investment-grade. MBFAX may invest a maximum of a quarter of its assets in asset-backed securities, which are not from mortgage-backed category. Not more than one-fifth of MBFAX's assets are expected to be invested in foreign debt securities that are denominated in dollar. MBFAX is expected to maintain a dollar-weighted average effective duration of not more than 10% of that of fund's benchmark. The Wells Fargo Advantage Core Bond A fund has returned 1.6% over the past one year.

MBFAX has an expense ratio of 0.78% as compared to the category average of 0.82%.

To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all Wells Fargo Advantage Funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds .

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