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3 Funds Run by Top Managers

These stock and bond fund management teams earn our highest rating.

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Russ Kinnel: Hi, I'm Russ Kinnel, director of manager research for Morningstar. We don't give out a lot of High People ratings, so let's look at what it takes to get a High People rating. Simply being experienced or having a lot of analysts around the globe doesn't cut it. It takes elite managers and analysts with a true competitive advantage to earn a High People rating.

Pimco Total Return is team effort from one of the best bond shops around. Scott Mather, Mark Kiesel, and Mohit Mittal are three outstanding managers. But importantly, Pimco has a deep team of analysts and traders to support the fund. That's really important because it's a wide-ranging fund that invests all over the globe and makes full use of derivatives, so you really need that depth to make it work.

Russel Kinnel has a position in the following securities mentioned above: PTTRX. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.