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Only one no-fee fund beats the AMCAP American Fund over the last 20 years and that is the Fidelty ContraFund (by 1%). I will see what I can find on comparable Vanguard funds, if they have been around that long.

Here are charts for Contrafund


for all available data. (The Fool doesn't have 20 year plots).

I think American's Washington Fund is more like Contrafund

Fact is they are all up about 6X in the last 20 years. About 9½% a year.

It is also true that Contrafund is one of the outstanding in the Fidelity stable. (But oh, that sickening lurch downward from 2000 to 2003).

I'd bet (in fact, I am betting with my own money) that she would do better sticking her money in an S&P or Total Market Index fund vs. paying someone to change her "allocation" when she likely won't touch the money for 35 years.

and here is Vanguard's S&P500

also up about 6X. But notice it is still 15% below its peak in 2000. None of the others are.


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