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Mutual Fund Commentary

More often than not the technology sector is likely to report above par earnings than other sectors as the demand for technology and innovation remains high. However, technology stocks are considered to be more volatile than other sector specific stocks in the short run. In order to minimize this short term volatility almost all tech funds adopt a growth management style with a focus on strong fundamentals and a relatively higher investment horizon. Investors having an above par appetite for risk and fairly longer investment horizon should park their savings in these funds.

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

Dreyfus Technology Growth A (DTGRX - MF report) seeks capital growth. The fund invests in securities of technology companies which have high earnings growth prospects. A maximum of 25% of its assets may be utilized to purchase foreign securities. The technology mutual fund is non-diversified and has a three year annualized return of 12.75%.

The fund manager is Barry Mills and he has managed this technology mutual fund since 2007.

VALIC Company I Science & Technology (VCSTX - MF report) invests the majority of its assets in science and technology companies. A maximum of 50% of its assets may be utilized to purchase foreign securities. Not more than 15% of its assets can be invested in any single emerging market country. The technology mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 10.51%.

As of October 2012, this technology mutual fund held 69 issues, with 10.33% of its total assets invested in Apple Inc.

Red Oak Technology Select (ROGSX - MF report) seeks capital appreciation over the long term. The fund invests heavily in common stocks of firms that are heavily dependent on technology for their operations or product development activities. The technology mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 10.36%.

The technology mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $ 2,000 and an expense ratio of 1.32% compared to a category average of 1.61%.

T. Rowe Price Science & Tech (PRSCX - MF report) invests a large share of its assets in common stocks of firms which are projected to gain from advances in science and technology. The technology mutual fund is non-diversified and has a three year annualized return of 8.34%.

The fund manager is Kennard W. Allen and he has managed this technology mutual fund since 2008.

Black Oak Emerging Technology (BOGSX - MF report) seeks capital appreciation over the long term. The fund invests the majority of its assets in common stocks of firms that are expected to emerge as market leaders in the technology sector. The technology mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 4.86%.

The technology mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $ 2,000 and an expense ratio of 1.35% compared to a category average of 1.61%.

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

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