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A single minded focus towards capital appreciation is what best characterizes growth funds. This purity of style is further established by the fact that investors can expect few or no dividend pay outs from such mutual funds. But investing in this class of funds requires a relatively higher appetite for risk than those following a value or blend style towards investing. However, in depth research and professional management are what make mutual funds a much safer proposition as compared to directly investing in growth stocks.

Below we will share with you 5 top rated growth 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 growth funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

BlackRock Mid-Cap Growth Equity A (BMGAX - MF report) seeks capital growth over the long term. The fund invests the majority of its assets in common stocks of domestic growth-oriented mid-cap companies. The market cap of these companies must be similar to those which are included in the Russell Midcap Growth Index. The growth mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 9.34%.

The growth mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $1,000 and an expense ratio of 1.58% compared to a category average of 1.36%.

Sit Mid Cap Growth (NBNGX - MF report) invests a large share of its assets in common stocks of companies whose market capitalizations range from $2 billion to $15 billion. The fund focuses on acquiring securities issued by domestic growth-oriented small and mid-cap companies. The growth mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 12.69%.

As of September 2012, this growth mutual fund held 86 issues, with 2.39% of its total assets invested in TJX Companies.

Needham Growth (NEEGX - MF report) seeks capital growth. At least 65% of the fund’s assets are invested in domestic equity securities. The fund focuses on sectors such as technology, healthcare, media and business and consumer services. The growth mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 11.55%.

John Barr is the fund manager and he has managed this growth mutual fund since 2010.

RS Select Growth A (RSDGX - MF report) primarily invests in small and mid-cap growth-oriented companies. The fund focuses on acquiring equity securities of companies whose market capitalizations may be at most 120% of the market cap of the largest company in the Russell 2500 Index. The growth mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 20.75%.

The growth mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $2,500 and an expense ratio of 1.35% compared to a category average of 1.36%.

Mairs & Power Growth (MPGFX - MF report) seeks capital growth over the long term. The fund invests the majority of its assets in common stocks. The fund may also purchase foreign securities and convertible debt rated lower than investment grade. The growth mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 13.92%.

William B. Frels is the fund manager and he has managed this growth mutual fund since 1999.

To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all growth mutual funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

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By applying the Zacks Rank to mutual funds, investors can find funds that not only outpaced the market in the past but are also expected to outperform going forward. Learn more about the Zacks Mutual Fund Rank at http://www.zacks.com/funds.

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