Standard mutual funds can be a tricky business for physician-investors, since returns are measured by whether they beat out other stock indexes or competitor funds. But now a new kind of fund has come on the scene and attempts to deliver what every physician-investor wantsa positive result regardless of how the stock market performs.points out that although these absolute return funds seem ideal, not many of them have been around long enough to gauge their success. One such fund is Rydex Absolute Return Strategies ( Although it just started in fall 2005, Rydex manager Jeff Joseph states that the fund can deliver absolute returns by using computer models to design a portfolio that imitates the best-performing funds and rebalancing the portfolio on a monthly basis. Other absolute-return funds, using varying techniques, include Alpha Hedged Strategies ( Agile Multi- Strategy ( and UBS Dynamic Alpha A ( Butcautions that because the majority of these funds are just starting out, you may want to take a wait-and-see approach to find out if they do indeed provide absolute returns, or if theyre an absolute letdown.

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