It's easy for clients to think of investing as an absolute game. But unless they happen to be a hedge fund, investing is relative. Any mutual fund performance is most meaningful when compared against a benchmark. If the benchmark returned 12%, then a mutual fund in that same category can't well brag about its 10% return.

So in the spirit of relativity in the mutual fund industry, we have the 20 best mutual funds for the past three years, on an annualized basis, compared against their main benchmarks.

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