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Strike a Balance

A balanced fund will help keep you on steady ground.

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This story appears in the February 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

No matter what's going on in the markets, a balanced fund can provide comfort to those unsure of market directions--or who simply want somebody else to do the worrying for them.

Fidelity's Balanced Fund (FBALX) boasts a record that's hard to top: For the year ending September 30, 2005, it ranked eighth out of the 629 balanced funds Lipper tracks. It also earned a five-star overall rating from Morningstar based on the fund's three-, five- and 10-year performance records.

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