Things had to get better in 2003. That was the mantra heading into the year. After all, the market was entering its third consecutive down year and still reeling from the fallout from the bubble-burst and the ongoing war on terror. Logic only had it that things had to move upwards, because they sure couldn’t get worse.

Then the Pearl Harbor of the mutual fund industry hit. Sept. 3, 2003.

Which firm had the Worst Ad Campaign of 2003? What was the Best Deal of the Year? Who’s the "Man of the Jeer"? Who Deserves the "Ambitions Run Wild" Fund Folly of ‘03?

Recap the best and the worst of 2003 along with the editors of Money Management Executive in the final issue of the year, "2003: A Year to Remember," hitting desks Monday.

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