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Clients, rattled by political concerns at home and abroad, may rest easier knowing their portfolios include funds that are built for low volatility and aspire to offer steady returns.

Managed volatility funds dominate the list of top five-year performers based on returns.

Some of the top performing funds also offer low fees — the SEI Institutional Investments Trust U.S. Managed Volatility Fund, for instance, has an expense ratio of 24 basis points.

Data from Morningstar.
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MAI Managed Volatility Institutional (MAIPX)
3-Yr. Return: 4.42%
5-Yr. Return: 6.73%
Expense Ratio: 0.99%
Total Assets (millions): $105
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INTECH International Mgd Volatility A (JMIAX)
3-Yr. Return: 2.86%
5-Yr. Return: 9.31%
Expense Ratio: 1.24%
Total Assets (millions): $102
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Invesco Global Low Volatility Eq Yld A (GTNDX)
3-Yr. Return: 2.26%
5-Yr. Return: 9.56%
Expense Ratio: 1.48%
Total Assets (millions): $119
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SEI Global Managed Volatility A (SIMT) (SVTAX)
3-Yr. Return: 10.91%
5-Yr. Return: 12.53%
Expense Ratio: 1.11%
Total Assets (millions): $1,703
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Invesco Low Volatility Equity Yield A (SCAUX)
3-Yr. Return: 5.91%
5-Yr. Return: 12.68%
Expense Ratio: 1.15%
Total Assets (millions): $272
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Nuveen Symphony Low Volatility Equity A (NOPAX)
3-Yr. Return: 10.57%
5-Yr. Return: 14.79%
Expense Ratio: 1.05%
Total Assets (millions): $148
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SEI Tax-Managed Mgd Volatility A (SIMT) (TMMAX)
3-Yr. Return: 11.73%
5-Yr. Return: 14.95%
Expense Ratio: 1%
Total Assets (millions): $1,186
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SEI US Managed Volatility A (SIMT) (SVOAX)
3-Yr. Return: 11.62%
5-Yr. Return: 15.23%
Expense Ratio: 1%
Total Assets (millions): $1,605
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SEI US Managed Volatility A (SIIT) (SVYAX)
3-Yr. Return: 12.48
5-Yr. Return: 15.97%
Expense Ratio: 0.24%
Total Assets (millions): $1,495
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INTECH US Mgd Volatility A (JRSAX)
3-Yr. Return: 10.05%
5-Yr. Return: 16.23%
Expense Ratio: 0.93%
Total Assets (millions): $518
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