Wylie Pick: Managers Bond MGFIX
Selecting from mutual funds available through Etrade with no load or transaction fee and an initial $2500 investment or lower minimum and subsequent $100 or lower minimums, when looking for an Intermediate Term Bond fund, I use the Mutual fund screener to screen out options with 4, or 5 stars and find 6 choices.
Click the image for a larger view comparing the funds as of Etrade's data on 3/25/07:
Westcore Plus and Managers are the two 5 star funds and they have both been 5 star funds over 1 year, 3 year, 5 year and 10 year periods.
Westcore Plus Bond has trailed Managers Bond slightly and has slightly more risky holdings (A instead of AA) so despite higher expenses and higher turnover, Managers is the pick for this hypothetical portfolio as it has out performed all along the way and has more management expertise.