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How 24 Fund Categories Fared

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The Wall Street Journal posted 2009 YTD results for several fund categories.  While microfinance was not named here, it would rank in the top half of investment returns for 2009, and is a clear winner for 2008 (with an exception of the black swan fund).  Click on the link below to see the chart.

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203872404574264303869260752.html#mod=djemITP

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The first half of 2009 has been a whirlwind of events: unprecedented government efforts to rescue a financial system on the brink, skyrocketing unemployment, dismal corporate earnings and a housing market plagued by defaults and foreclosures.

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Yet even as all those detrimental factors played out, the market started staging a comeback in March. According to Lipper, the average Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index fund gained 15.7% during the second quarter and is now up 3% through June 30.

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