Investing from scratch

If a lack of cash has kept you out of the market, here are three low-cost ways to get in

align=”center”>Top Performers at a Low Price

The following funds let you in for a low initial investment, provided you invest regularly.

We ranked them according to three-year average annualized returns.

Fund

3-Year Avg.

Annualized

Total Return

(8/31/95-8/31/98)

1-Year

Total

Return

(8/31/97-8/31/98)

YTD

Total

Return

(1/1/98-8/31/98)

Minimum

Initial

Investment Dreyfus Appreciation American Century

23.69%

10.36%

3.43%

$100

Income & Growth American Century

22.14

7.54

-1.33

50

Equity Growth U.S. Global Investors

22.03

5.96

-3.17

50

All -American Equity Dreyfus Basic

21.96

9.96

2.35

100

S&P 500 Stock

21.57

7.76

-0.59

100

Source: Morningstar Inc.
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