Mutual funds which invest in small-cap companies are the natural choice of investors with an appreciably higher appetite for risk and the willingness to take short term positions. Smaller companies reinvest a significant share of their earnings back into their business on a regular basis. This reassures stockholders of improved performance and higher profits. When markets are booming, small cap mutual funds see high levels of demand which leads to significant increases in their prices. Investors seeking greater diversification would do well by adding 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.
Fidelity Series Small Cap Opportunities Fund (FSOPX) seeks capital growth. The majority of the fund’s assets are invested in small-cap companies. It seeks to acquire common stocks, both domestic and foreign, which may be growth or value stocks. The small-cap mutual fund returned 29.53% over the last one year period.
Richard Thompson is the fund manager has managed this small-cap mutual fund since 2009.
Waddell & Reed Small Cap A (UNSAX) invests at least 80% of its assets in domestic and foreign small-cap companies. The fund focuses on acquiring common stocks of companies which are new entrants, particularly those entering growing sectors. This small-cap mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 14.6%.
The small-cap mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $500 and an expense ratio of 1.62% compared to a category average of 1.52%.
Eaton Vance Small-Cap A (ETEGX) seeks long-term growth by investing in small-cap companies. The fund focuses on acquiring common stocks of domestic companies with an emphasis on growth stocks. Companies chosen for investment must have market capitalizations identical to those included in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index. The small-cap mutual fund returned 24.94% over the last one year period.
As of December 2010, this small-cap mutual fund held 70 issues, with 2.27% of its total assets invested in Rosetta Resources, Inc.
Pacific Advisors Small Cap A (PASMX) invests heavily in stocks of small-cap companies with market capitalizations within $2 billion. A substantial share of its assets is used to purchase stocks issued by companies with market capitalizations below $500 billion. This small-cap mutual fund has a ten year annualized return of 11.53%.
George A. Henning is the fund manager has managed this small-cap mutual fund since 1993.
Pioneer Oak Ridge Small Cap Growth A (ORIGX) seeks long-term capital growth. It invests at least 80% of its assets in small-cap companies. It primarily invests in equity securities such as common stocks and convertible securities. The small-cap mutual fund returned 31.02% over the last one year period.
The small-cap mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $1,000 and an expense ratio of 1.28% compared to a category average of 1.52%.
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