My favorite top 3 fund families, in order of preference, based on returns, consistancy, fees, professionalism, are: 1. T. Rowe Price 2. Primecap 3. Vanguard. What are your choices?
That's a pretty solid set of choices, and one with which many will concur. You'll probably get at least a few votes for American Funds and Fidelity (one already); many of which (American) are now available without the loads associated previously. Low-cost ETFs are taking a bite out of funds, however.
My favorites are the ones that make money from me. I definitely don't look at fund family but managers. The reason is simple, not every VG or TRP fund is great so why would I look at family funds and/or own/buy blindly a fund from that shop? On the other hand, I can find a great fund/manager from a small shop.
The following is more important for me, suppose I tell you must hold a fund for 30 years without selling it, what funds would you select? mine will be indexes + the only managed funds are Wellington+Wellelsley funds at Vanguard(VWIAX,VWENX,VWEAX,VGWAX,VGYAX)
Common sense is not common :-)
As a retired and fairly conservative investor, I have the majority of my portfolio in bond OEFs and a CEF or two. Hence my top 3 favorite fund families are PIMCO, PIMCO and PIMCO.
Fund families have their strengths - stocks, bonds, OEFs/ETFs/CEFs, etc. So, the question [and answers] needs more focus.
Vanguard, Fidelity & TRowe Price. I have IRA's with all three. And TRP also has my 401k. All 3 have excellent funds, good customer service & reasonable fees. Though it's had to beat Vanguard for the lowest expenses.
Here is the then...and now, for me:
2/3 of money at Fidelity 2/3 of money at Vanguard
1/3 of money at Vanguard 1/3 of money at Fidelity
Favored TR Price for selected funds Favor TR Price and PIMCO for selected funds
If you think there is a message there somewhere...there is.
I like investing with Vanguard best and my favorite fund is PRIMECAP, VPMAX. I like Fidelity best for the web format, their sector funds and for trades, but I like TRP mutual funds best overall. I have Vanguard and Fidelity and a small house where I have most of my individual bonds.
1. PIMCO: Bond expertise in wide array of excellent bond funds
2. Voya: Solid Risk Managed bond funds, with great performance with low risk
3. T.RowePrice: Overall excellent company with a wide array of fund options, and very shareholder friendly that will close funds when they get too large to be effective.