Three mutual funds that might do well next year all have one thing in common: they weren’t chosen because they were the absolute top performers in 2011. Instead, they were chosen on the basis of diversification, strong performance, level of risk and cost basis, said S&P Capital IQ mutual fund Todd Rosenbluth, in a report.

The three funds S&P Capital IQ cited as worthy of a closer look for 2012 are: Sequoia Fund (SEQUX), ING Corporate Leaders Trust Fund (LEXCX) and SunAmerica Focused Dividend Strategy (FDSAX). All three funds have five-star ratings from S&P Capital IQ.

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