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TLRAX - Federated Total Return Bond A

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Federated Total Return Bond A (TLRAX)
Expense Ratio: 0.91%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $27,352.50


The Federated Total Return Bond A fund (TLRAX) is a Intermediate-Term Bond fund started on 8/16/2001 and has $7.40 billion in assets under management. The current manager has been running Federated Total Return Bond A since 1/24/1998. The fund is rated by Morningstar. In addition to trading fees and broker commissions, this fund has 12b-1 fees of 0.25%

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF (BIV)
Expense Ratio: 0.11%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $3,595.26


The Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF (BIV) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Intermediate-Term Bond investment strategy and is an alternative to a Intermediate-Term Bond mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Federated Total Return Bond A because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Intermediate-Term Bond Funds Have Lower Fees Than Federated Total Return Bond A (TLRAX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
AllianceBern Interm Bond A ABQSZ 115.0% 548 0.85%
AllianceBern Interm Bond Adv ABQYX 115.0% 548 0.55%
AllianceBern Interm Bond I ABQIX 115.0% 548 0.55%
American Beacon Intermediate Bd Instl AABDX 75.0% 419 0.36%
American Beacon Intermediate Bond Fund Class Y ACTYX 75.0% 419 0.65%
American Beacon Intermediate Bond Fund Investor Class ABIPX 75.0% 419 0.79%
American Century Core Plus Instl ACCUX 91.0% 250 0.46%
American Century Core Plus Inv ACCNX 91.0% 250 0.66%
American Century Diversified Bond A ADFAX 91.0% 5,500 0.86%
American Century Diversified Bond Instl ACBPX 91.0% 5,500 0.41%
American Century Diversified Bond Inv ADFIX 91.0% 5,500 0.61%
American Funds Bond Fund of Amer A ABNDX 154.0% 33,500 0.60%
American Funds Bond Fund of Amer F-1 BFAFX 154.0% 33,500 0.63%
American Funds Bond Fund of Amer F-2 ABNFX 154.0% 33,500 0.36%
American Funds Bond Fund of Amer R4 RBFEX 154.0% 33,500 0.62%
American Funds Bond Fund of Amer R5 RBFFX 154.0% 33,500 0.32%
American Funds Bond Fund of Amer R6 RBFGX 154.0% 33,500 0.27%
Artio Total Return Bond A BJBGX 219.0% 2,100 0.69%
Artio Total Return Bond I JBGIX 219.0% 2,100 0.44%
Ave Maria Bond AVEFX 27.0% 100 0.71%
Baird Aggregate Bond Inst BAGIX 45.9% 1,600 0.30%
Baird Aggregate Bond Inv BAGSX 45.9% 1,600 0.55%
Baird Core Plus Bond Inst BCOIX 34.6% 1,700 0.30%
Baird Core Plus Bond Inv BCOSX 34.6% 1,700 0.55%
Baird Intermediate Bond Inst BIMIX 24.1% 763 0.30%
Baird Intermediate Bond Inv BIMSX 24.1% 763 0.55%
BBH Broad Market N BBBMX 28.0% 2,600 0.51%
Bernstein Intermediate Dur Inst SIIDX 121.0% 1,100 0.45%
Bernstein Intermediate Duration SNIDX 110.0% 4,900 0.56%
BlackRock Bond Allc Tgt Shares Ser C BRACX 41.0% 349 0.00%
BlackRock Bond Allc Tgt Shares Ser M BRAMX 523.0% 321 0.03%
BlackRock Bond Allc Tgt Shares Ser S BRASX 192.0% 134 0.01%
BlackRock Bond Index K WFBIX 122.0% 145 0.20%
BlackRock Core Bond BlackRock CCBBX 726.0% 3,200 0.45%
BlackRock Core Bond Instl BFMCX 726.0% 3,200 0.56%
BlackRock Core Bond Inv A BCBAX 726.0% 3,200 0.89%
BlackRock Total Return BlackRock MPHQX 1.0% 2,800 0.41%
BlackRock Total Return Instl MAHSZ 1.0% 2,800 0.56%
BlackRock Total Return Inv A MDHQX 1.0% 2,800 0.87%
BNY Mellon Bond M MPBFX 86.8% 1,300 0.55%
BNY Mellon Interm Bond M MPIBX 45.2% 967 0.55%
BNY Mellon Intermediate Bond Inv MIIDX 45.2% 967 0.80%
Brown Advisory Intermediate Income A BIATX 84.0% 315 0.73%
Brown Advisory Intermediate Income Instl BIAIX 84.0% 315 0.53%
Calamos Total Return Bond A CTRAX 41.5% 231 0.90%
Calamos Total Return Bond I CTRIX 41.5% 231 0.65%
Calvert Bond I CBDIX 203.0% 768 0.52%
Calvert Income I CINCX 223.0% 1,600 0.56%
Calvert Income Y CIFYX 223.0% 1,600 0.87%
Columbia Bond A CNDAX 136.0% 1,600 0.80%
Columbia Bond Fund Class T CNDTX 136.0% 1,600 0.70%
Columbia Bond Z UMMGX 136.0% 1,600 0.55%
Columbia Corporate Income Z SRINX 183.0% 1,400 0.67%
Columbia Corporate Income Z SRITZ 183.0% 1,400 0.67%
Columbia Corporate Income Z SRN1Z 183.0% 1,400 0.67%
Columbia Diversified Bond A INBNX 373.0% 3,100 0.85%
Columbia Diversified Bond R5 RSVBX 373.0% 3,100 0.54%
Columbia Intermediate Bond A LIBAX 170.0% 2,900 0.84%
Columbia Intermediate Bond Z SRB1Z 170.0% 2,900 0.59%
Columbia Intermediate Bond Z SRBFX 170.0% 2,900 0.59%
Columbia Intermediate Bond Z SRBTZ 170.0% 2,900 0.59%
Commerce Bond CFBNX 26.0% 744 0.81%
CRA Qualified Investment Instl CRANX 40.0% 1,300 0.51%
CRA Qualified Investment Retail CRATX 40.0% 1,300 0.86%
Delaware Core Plus Bond A DEGGX 293.0% 201 0.90%
Delaware Core Plus Bond I DUGIX 293.0% 201 0.65%
Delaware Corporate Bond Inst DGCIX 204.0% 1,300 0.69%
Delaware Diversified Income Instl DPFFX 237.0% 9,100 0.67%
DFA Intermediate-Term Extended Quality Portfolio Institutional Class Shares DFTEX 15.0% 635 0.22%
Dodge & Cox Income DODIX 27.0% 25,100 0.43%
Dodge & Cox Income DODTZ 27.0% 25,100 0.43%
DoubleLine Core Fixed Income Fund Class I DBLFX 81.0% 2,400 0.50%
DoubleLine Core Fixed Income Fund Class N DLFNX 81.0% 2,400 0.75%
DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund Class I DBLTX 15.0% 25,400 0.50%
DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund Class N DLTNX 15.0% 25,400 0.75%
Dreyfus Bond Market Index Basic DBIRX 30.0% 2,400 0.15%
Dreyfus Bond Market Index Inv DBMIX 30.0% 2,400 0.40%
Dreyfus GNMA Z DRGMX 392.4% 685 0.87%
Dreyfus Intermediate Term Inc I DITIX 371.2% 1,100 0.55%
Dreyfus Intermediate Term Income Fund Class A DRA1Z 371.2% 1,100 0.88%
Dreyfus Intermediate Term Income Fund Class A DRITX 371.2% 1,100 0.88%
Dreyfus/Standish Fixed-Income I SDFIX 400.3% 222 0.56%
DWS Core Fixed Income Inst MFINX 384.0% 389 0.68%
DWS Core Fixed Income S SFXSX 384.0% 389 0.78%
DWS Core Plus Income Inst SZIIX 379.0% 309 0.70%
DWS Core Plus Income S SCS1Z 379.0% 309 0.71%
DWS Core Plus Income S SCSBX 379.0% 309 0.71%
DWS US Bond Index A BONDX 146.0% 413 0.71%
DWS US Bond Index Inst BTUSX 146.0% 413 0.39%
DWS US Bond Index S BONSX 146.0% 413 0.45%
Eagle Investment Grade Bond A EGBAX 78.0% 129 0.85%
Eagle Investment Grade Bond I EGBLX 78.0% 129 0.60%
Eagle Investment Grade Bond R5 EGBTX 78.0% 129 0.60%
Federated Bond Instl FDBIX 13.0% 1,500 0.80%
Federated Intermediate Corp Bd Instl FIIFX 22.0% 425 0.57%
Federated Intermediate Corp Bd Svc INISX 22.0% 425 0.82%
Federated Total Return Bond Instl FTRBX 63.0% 7,400 0.36%
Federated Total Return Bond Svc FTRFX 63.0% 7,400 0.66%
Fidelity Advisor Corporate Bond Fund Class T FCBTX 242.0% 359 0.75%
Fidelity Advisor Intermediate Bond A FDIAX 108.0% 623 0.83%
Fidelity Advisor Intermediate Bond I EFIPX 108.0% 623 0.58%
Fidelity Advisor Intermediate Bond T FTBRX 108.0% 623 0.80%
Fidelity Advisor Investment Gr Bd I FGBPX 275.0% 5,000 0.48%
Fidelity Advisor Mortgage Securities I FMSCX 490.0% 885 0.53%
Fidelity Advisor Mortgage Securities T FMSAX 490.0% 885 0.79%
Fidelity Advisor Total Bond A FEPAX 168.0% 14,300 0.83%
Fidelity Advisor Total Bond I FEPIX 168.0% 14,300 0.54%
Fidelity Corporate Bond Fund FCBFX 242.0% 359 0.45%
Fidelity Intermediate Bond FTHRX 102.0% 4,200 0.45%
Fidelity Investment Grade Bond FBNDX 275.0% 5,000 0.45%
Fidelity Mortgage Secs FMSFX 490.0% 885 0.45%
Fidelity Spartan US Bond Index Fund Fidelity Advantage Class FSITX 106.0% 14,800 0.11%
Fidelity Total Bond FTBFX 168.0% 14,300 0.45%
Fifth Third Total Return Bond A KIFIX 60.0% 222 0.89%
Fifth Third Total Return Bond Instl KNIIX 60.0% 222 0.64%
Franklin Strategic Mortgage A1 FSMTZ 539.8% 118 0.66%
Franklin Total Return A FBNSZ 255.6% 4,600 0.89%
Franklin Total Return A FKBAX 255.6% 4,600 0.89%
Franklin Total Return Adv FBDAX 255.6% 4,600 0.64%
Frost Total Return Bond A FATRX 58.0% 763 0.77%
Frost Total Return Bond Inst FIJEX 58.0% 763 0.52%
GE Instl Income Inv GFIIX 393.0% 405 0.23%
GE Instl Income Svc GEISX 393.0% 405 0.48%
Goldman Sachs Core Fxd-Inc A GCFIX 687.0% 1,600 0.81%
Goldman Sachs Core Fxd-Inc Instl GSFIX 687.0% 1,600 0.47%
Goldman Sachs Core Plus Fixed Income A GSFAX 767.0% 350 0.83%
Goldman Sachs Core Plus Fixed Income I GSNIX 767.0% 350 0.49%
Goldman Sachs Invest Grade Credit A GSGAX 120.0% 549 0.71%
Goldman Sachs Invest Grade Credit A GSHSZ 120.0% 549 0.71%
Goldman Sachs Invest Grade Credit Inst GSGDX 120.0% 549 0.37%
Hancock Horizon Core Bond Instl HHBTX 26.0% 208 0.79%
Harbor Bond Adm HRBDX 666.0% 7,500 0.80%
Harbor Bond Instl HABDX 666.0% 7,500 0.55%
Hartford Total Return Bond A ITB1Z 131.0% 1,900 0.89%
Hartford Total Return Bond A ITBAX 131.0% 1,900 0.89%
Hartford Total Return Bond I ITBIX 131.0% 1,900 0.62%
Hartford Total Return Bond R4 ITBUX 131.0% 1,900 0.89%
Hartford Total Return Bond R5 ITBTX 131.0% 1,900 0.59%
Hartford Total Return Bond Y HABYX 131.0% 1,900 0.48%
HighMark Bond Fid HMBDX 58.0% 393 0.72%
ICON Bond S IOBZX 32.1% 100 0.75%
ING Intermediate Bond A IIBAX 500.0% 861 0.68%
ING Intermediate Bond A IIBCZ 500.0% 861 0.68%
ING Intermediate Bond I IICIX 500.0% 861 0.38%
Invesco Van Kampen Corporate Bond Y ACCHX 69.0% 972 0.67%
ISI North American Government Bond Fund Class I NORIX 46.0% 165 0.78%
Janus Flexible Bond Fund Class A JDFAX 147.0% 5,100 0.77%
Janus Flexible Bond Fund Class I JFLEX 147.0% 5,100 0.56%
Janus Flexible Bond T JAFIX 147.0% 5,100 0.71%
JHancock Bond I JHBIX 73.0% 1,300 0.60%
JPMorgan Mortgage-Backed Securities A OMBAX 21.0% 3,500 0.66%
JPMorgan Mortgage-Backed Securities Sel OMBIX 21.0% 3,500 0.41%
LKCM Fixed-Income LKFIX 24.0% 197 0.65%
Loomis Sayles Core Plus Bond A NEFRX 86.0% 1,100 0.87%
Loomis Sayles Core Plus Bond Y NERYX 86.0% 1,100 0.62%
Loomis Sayles Investment Grade Bond A LIGRX 19.0% 11,100 0.81%
Loomis Sayles Investment Grade Bond A LIGSZ 19.0% 11,100 0.81%
Loomis Sayles Investment Grade Bond Y LSIIX 19.0% 11,100 0.56%
Loomis Sayles Investment Grade Bond Y LSNTZ 19.0% 11,100 0.56%
Lord Abbett Core Fixed Income A LCASZ 668.7% 1,000 0.87%
Lord Abbett Core Fixed Income A LCRAX 668.7% 1,000 0.87%
Lord Abbett Core Fixed Income I LCRYX 668.7% 1,000 0.67%
Lord Abbett Income A LAGCZ 149.3% 1,600 0.78%
Lord Abbett Income I LAUYX 149.3% 1,600 0.58%
Lord Abbett Total Return A LTRAX 645.0% 1,900 0.83%
Lord Abbett Total Return I LTRYX 645.0% 1,900 0.63%
Madison Mosaic Institutional Bond Y MIIBX 9.0% 109 0.49%
MainStay Indexed Bond A MIXAX 106.0% 497 0.78%
MainStay Indexed Bond I MIXIX 106.0% 497 0.43%
MainStay Indexed Bond I MIXSZ 106.0% 497 0.43%
MainStay Intermediate Term Bond I MTMIX 104.0% 781 0.60%
Managers Fixed Income A MFDAX 28.0% 143 0.85%
Managers Fixed Income Inst MFDYX 28.0% 143 0.60%
Managers PIMCO Bond MBDFX 495.0% 1,300 0.59%
Manning & Napier Core Bond Fund EXCRX 18.0% 170 0.72%
Manning & Napier Core Plus Bond Fund EXCPX 35.0% 603 0.76%
MEMBERS Bond Y MBOYX 12.0% 145 0.65%
Metropolitan West Intermediate Bond I MWIIX 145.0% 290 0.45%
Metropolitan West Intermediate Bond M MWIMX 145.0% 290 0.66%
Metropolitan West Total Return Bond I MWTIX 156.0% 20,500 0.43%
Metropolitan West Total Return Bond M MWTRX 156.0% 20,500 0.64%
MFS Bond A MFB1Z 58.0% 2,400 0.85%
MFS Bond A MFBFX 58.0% 2,400 0.85%
MFS Bond I MBDIX 58.0% 2,400 0.60%
MFS Bond R3 MFBHX 58.0% 2,400 0.85%
MFS Bond R4 MFBJX 58.0% 2,400 0.60%
MFS Research Bond A MRB1Z 67.0% 3,300 0.80%
MFS Research Bond A MRBFX 67.0% 3,300 0.80%
MFS Research Bond I MRBIX 67.0% 3,300 0.65%
MFS Research Bond R3 MRBHX 67.0% 3,300 0.90%
MFS Research Bond R4 MRBJX 67.0% 3,300 0.65%
Morgan Stanley Inst Core Plus FI Instl MPFIX 225.0% 253 0.66%
Munder Bond A MUCAX 258.0% 112 0.67%
Munder Bond Y MUCYX 258.0% 112 0.42%
Nationwide Bond Index A GBIAX 118.0% 1,400 0.68%
Neuberger Berman Core Bond A NCRAX 379.0% 262 0.87%
Neuberger Berman Core Bond Inst NCRLX 379.0% 262 0.47%
Neuberger Berman Core Bond Inv NCRIX 379.0% 262 0.87%
Northern Bond Index NOBOX 129.3% 2,400 0.16%
Northern Fixed Income NOFIX 700.0% 1,600 0.46%
Nuveen Core Plus Bond A FAFIX 91.0% 817 0.78%
Nuveen Core Plus Bond I FFIIX 91.0% 817 0.53%
Nuveen Intermediate Term Bond A FAIIX 58.0% 656 0.78%
Nuveen Intermediate Term Bond I FINIX 58.0% 656 0.53%
Nuveen Strategic Income A FCDDX 98.0% 621 0.86%
Nuveen Strategic Income I FCBYX 98.0% 621 0.61%
Oppenheimer Core Bond A OPI1Z 94.0% 1,200 0.90%
Oppenheimer Core Bond A OPI2Z 94.0% 1,200 0.90%
Oppenheimer Core Bond A OPIGX 94.0% 1,200 0.90%
Oppenheimer Core Bond Y OPBYX 94.0% 1,200 0.52%
Parnassus Fixed-Income PRFIX 29.3% 222 0.75%
Payden Core Bond PYC1Z 118.0% 623 0.56%
Payden Core Bond PYCBX 118.0% 623 0.56%
Payden Core Bond Adviser PYCWX 118.0% 623 0.81%
PIMCO Fundamental Advtg Ttl Ret Strat I PFATX 629.0% 1,200 0.89%
PIMCO Investment Grade Corp Bd A PBDTZ 124.0% 7,700 0.90%
PIMCO Investment Grade Corp Bd Admin PGCAX 124.0% 7,700 0.75%
PIMCO Investment Grade Corp Bd D PBDDX 124.0% 7,700 0.90%
PIMCO Investment Grade Corp Bd Instl PIGIX 124.0% 7,700 0.50%
PIMCO Investment Grade Corp Bd P PBDPX 124.0% 7,700 0.60%
PIMCO Moderate Duration Instl PMDRX 391.0% 2,600 0.46%
PIMCO Moderate Duration P PMOPX 391.0% 2,600 0.56%
PIMCO Mortgage-Backed Securities A PMRAX 1.0% 536 0.90%
PIMCO Mortgage-Backed Securities A PMRTZ 1.0% 536 0.90%
PIMCO Mortgage-Backed Securities Adm PMTAX 1.0% 536 0.75%
PIMCO Mortgage-Backed Securities D PTMDX 1.0% 536 0.90%
PIMCO Mortgage-Backed Securities Instl PTRIX 1.0% 536 0.50%
PIMCO Mortgage-Backed Securities P PMRPX 1.0% 536 0.60%
PIMCO Total Return A PTRTZ 584.0% 260,900 0.85%
PIMCO Total Return A PTTAX 584.0% 260,900 0.85%
PIMCO Total Return Admin PTRAX 584.0% 260,900 0.71%
PIMCO Total Return D PTTDX 584.0% 260,900 0.75%
PIMCO Total Return Fund IV Institutional Class PTUIX 771.0% 725 0.50%
PIMCO Total Return II Admin PRADX 647.0% 3,300 0.75%
PIMCO Total Return II Instl PMBIX 647.0% 3,300 0.50%
PIMCO Total Return II P PMTPX 647.0% 3,300 0.60%
PIMCO Total Return III Admin PRFAX 522.0% 3,800 0.75%
PIMCO Total Return III Fund Class P PRAPX 522.0% 3,800 0.60%
PIMCO Total Return III Instl PTSAX 522.0% 3,800 0.50%
PIMCO Total Return Instl PTTRX 584.0% 260,900 0.46%
PIMCO Total Return P PTTPX 584.0% 260,900 0.56%
Pioneer Bond A PIBSZ 36.0% 1,400 0.85%
Pioneer Bond A PIOBX 36.0% 1,400 0.85%
Pioneer Bond Y PICYX 36.0% 1,400 0.61%
PNC Bond A PAAAX 80.0% 187 0.87%
PNC Bond I PFDIX 80.0% 187 0.59%
PNC Intermediate Bond A PBFAX 80.0% 404 0.81%
PNC Total Return Bond I PTVIX 76.0% 270 0.58%
Principal Income A CMP1Z 16.9% 2,100 0.90%
Principal Income Inst PIOIX 16.9% 2,100 0.52%
Principal Preferred Securities Inst PPSIX 16.8% 3,800 0.76%
Principal Preferred Securities P PPSPX 16.8% 3,800 0.76%
Prudential Total Return Bond A PDBAX 242.0% 1,900 0.85%
Prudential Total Return Bond Z PDBZX 242.0% 1,900 0.60%
Putnam Income A PINCX 339.0% 1,400 0.87%
Putnam Income Y PNCYX 339.0% 1,400 0.62%
Rainier Intermediate Fixed-Income Portfolio Fund RIMFX 32.7% 106 0.55%
RidgeWorth Core Bond Fund A STGIX 211.0% 489 0.62%
RidgeWorth Core Bond Fund I STIGX 211.0% 489 0.35%
RidgeWorth Intermediate Bond A IBASX 139.0% 1,200 0.60%
RidgeWorth Intermediate Bond I SAMIX 139.0% 1,200 0.34%
RidgeWorth Total Return Bond A CBPSX 170.0% 1,200 0.60%
RidgeWorth Total Return Bond I SAMFX 170.0% 1,200 0.35%
RS Investment Quality Bond A GUIQX 113.0% 213 0.85%
RS Investment Quality Bond Fund Class Y RSQYX 113.0% 213 0.66%
Russell Investment Grade Bond E RFAEX 187.0% 1,900 0.77%
Russell Investment Grade Bond I RFASX 187.0% 1,900 0.48%
Russell Investment Grade Bond I RFASZ 187.0% 1,900 0.48%
Russell Investment Grade Bond S RFATX 187.0% 1,900 0.56%
Russell Investment Grade Bond S RFATZ 187.0% 1,900 0.56%
Russell Strategic Bond I RFCSX 233.0% 8,300 0.71%
Russell Strategic Bond I RFCSZ 233.0% 8,300 0.71%
Russell Strategic Bond S RFCTX 233.0% 8,300 0.77%
Russell Strategic Bond S RFCTZ 233.0% 8,300 0.77%
Schwab Premier Income SWIIX 294.0% 424 0.61%
Schwab Total Bond Market SWLBX 166.0% 973 0.29%
Scout Core Bond Fund Class Y SCCYX 564.0% 168 0.80%
Scout Core Bond I SCCIX 564.0% 168 0.40%
Scout Core Plus Bond Instl SCPZX 623.0% 454 0.40%
Scout Core Plus Bond Y SCPYX 623.0% 454 0.80%
Spartan U.S. Bond Index Investor FBIDX 106.0% 14,800 0.22%
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond A BICAX 131.9% 557 0.84%
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond I BIBTX 131.9% 557 0.59%
T. Rowe Price Instl Core Plus TICPX 121.5% 188 0.42%
T. Rowe Price Instl Core Plus F PFCPX 121.5% 188 0.57%
T. Rowe Price New Income PRCIX 110.7% 17,500 0.64%
T. Rowe Price New Income Adv PANIX 110.7% 17,500 0.88%
T. Rowe Price U.S. Bond Enhanced Index PBDIX 112.8% 1,000 0.30%
Target Total Return Bond T TATBX 243.0% 426 0.65%
TCW Core Fixed-Income I TGCFX 280.5% 856 0.44%
TCW Core Fixed-Income N TGFNX 280.5% 856 0.78%
TCW Total Return Bond I TGLMX 141.3% 5,800 0.44%
TCW Total Return Bond N TGMNX 141.3% 5,800 0.74%
TIAA-CREF Bond Instl TIBDX 402.0% 2,300 0.33%
TIAA-CREF Bond Plus Inst TIBFX 221.0% 1,100 0.35%
TIAA-CREF Bond Plus R TCBRX 221.0% 1,100 0.60%
TIAA-CREF Bond Plus Retail TCBPX 221.0% 1,100 0.59%
TIAA-CREF Bond R TIDRX 402.0% 2,300 0.58%
TIAA-CREF Bond Retail TIORX 402.0% 2,300 0.52%
Touchstone Core Bond A TOBAX 319.0% 122 0.84%
Vanguard Interm-Term Bond Index Inv VBIIX 61.0% 15,600 0.22%
Vanguard Interm-Term Bond Index Signal VIBSX 61.0% 15,600 0.11%
Vanguard Interm-Term Investment-Grade Ad VFIDX 49.0% 17,400 0.10%
Vanguard Interm-Term Invmt-Grade Inv VFICX 49.0% 17,400 0.20%
Vanguard Interm-Tm Corp Bd Idx Signal VICSX 80.0% 2,400 0.14%
Vanguard Mortgage-Backed Sec Idx Signal VMBSX 344.0% 209 0.15%
Vanguard Total Bond Market Idx Instl Pls VBMPX 73.0% 110,100 0.05%
Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Inst VBTIX 73.0% 110,100 0.07%
Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Inv VBMFX 73.0% 110,100 0.22%
Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Signal VBTSX 73.0% 110,100 0.10%
Virtus Bond I SAVYX 169.0% 163 0.79%
Wells Fargo Advantage Income Plus A STYAX 215.0% 737 0.89%
Wells Fargo Advantage Income Plus Fund Administrator Class WIPDX 215.0% 737 0.74%
Wells Fargo Advantage Income Plus I WIP2Z 215.0% 737 0.56%
Wells Fargo Advantage Ttl Return Bd Inv WTRZX 761.0% 3,400 0.86%
Wells Fargo Advantage Ttl Return Bond A MBFAX 761.0% 3,400 0.83%
Wells Fargo Advantage Ttl Return Bond Ad MNTRX 761.0% 3,400 0.70%
Wells Fargo Advantage Ttl Return Bond I MBFIX 761.0% 3,400 0.42%
Westcore Plus Bond WTIBX 42.0% 1,700 0.55%
Westcore Plus Bond Institutional WIIBX 42.0% 1,700 0.41%
Western Asset Core Bond FI WAPIX 556.0% 3,000 0.75%
Western Asset Core Bond I WATFX 556.0% 3,000 0.52%
Western Asset Core Plus Bond FI WACIX 734.0% 9,400 0.78%
Western Asset Core Plus Bond I WACPX 734.0% 9,400 0.45%
Western Asset Core Plus Bond IS WAPSX 734.0% 9,400 0.43%
William Blair Bond I WBFIX 28.0% 266 0.50%
William Blair Bond Inst BBFIX 28.0% 266 0.35%
William Blair Bond N WBBNX 28.0% 266 0.65%



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