Small-cap funds are the natural choice for investors willing to take up short term positions and a certain degree of risk. In addition, smaller firms plough back a large portion of their profits back into their business on a regular basis. This assures shareholders of better performance and higher profits in the future. Again, when markets are booming, small cap funds see high levels of demand which leads to significant increases in their prices. Investors looking for greater diversification would do well to consider adding some small cap flavor to their portfolios.
Below we will share with you 5 top rated small-cap mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we expect these mutual funds to outperform their peers in the future. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all small-cap funds, then click here.
T. Rowe Price Diversified Small Cap Growth (NASDAQ:PRDSX - News) seeks long-term capital growth. The majority of the fund’s assets are invested in small companies which are included in the MSCI US Small-Cap Growth Index. The fund’s top 25 holdings do not represent a significant share of total assets. This small-cap mutual fund returned 50.85% over the last one year period.
The small-cap mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $2,500 and an expense ratio of 1.25% compared to a category average of 1.52%.
Turner Small Cap Growth (TSCEX) invests the majority of its assets in equity securities of domestic small-cap companies. The fund focuses on acquiring common stocks and investing in companies which have widely diversified operations. It tries to match sector concentrations as represented by the 200 Growth index. It is a no-load fund.
This small-cap mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 7.68%.
Putnam Small Cap Growth A (NASDAQ:PNSAX - News) seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing in small-cap companies. The fund focuses on acquiring common stocks of domestic companies with an emphasis on growth stocks. This small-cap mutual fund returned 45.62% over the last one year period
The fund manager is Pam Gao and she has managed this small-cap fund since 2010.
Federated MDT Small Cap Growth A (NASDAQ:QASGX - News) invests a large share of its assets in domestic small cap companies. The fund focuses on acquiring common stock and invests in firms which are identical to those which are part of the Russell 2000 growth index. This small-cap mutual fund has a five year annualized return of 2.21%.
As of March 2011, this small-cap mutual fund held 150 issues, with 2.00% of its total assets invested in TIBCO Software, Inc.
AllianceBernstein Small Cap Growth A (QUASX) seeks capital appreciation over the long term. The fund invests heavily in equity securities of small-cap companies with market capitalizations of less than $10 million. At any given time the fund invests in between 95 to 125 companies. This small-cap mutual fund has a ten year annualized return of 5.02%.
The small-cap mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $2,500 and an expense ratio of 1.60% compared to a category average of 1.52%.
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