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Investors having a high risk appetite and looking for significantly high returns often choose small-cap funds. These funds diversify the risk inherent in small cap stocks and have high growth potential. Since they focus on small cap companies there is the added advantage of higher flexibility due to the quicker decision making of these firms. Investors willing to remain invested for longer periods who can withstand high volatility should invest in small cap funds to earn substantially profits.

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, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

Mutual Fund

Zacks Rank

Total Return YTD

ProFunds UltraSmall Cap Investor

#3 Hold

12.88%

Direxion Monthly Small Cap Bull 2X

#1 Strong Buy

12.36%

Pacific Advisors Small Cap Value A

#1 Strong Buy

11.71%

Bridgeway Ultra-Small Company

#1 Strong Buy

9.13%

BlackRock Small Cap Growth II A

#3 Hold

8.76%

 

ProFunds UltraSmall Cap Investor (UAPIX - MF report) seeks to provide daily returns which are twice as much as the daily performance of the Russell 2000 Index. The fund purchases equity securities and derivatives which have similar return characteristics. This small-cap mutual fund is non-diversified and has returned 27.22% over the last one year period.

The small-cap mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $15,000 and an expense ratio of 1.89% compared to a category average of 1.33%.

Direxion Monthly Small Cap Bull 2X (DXRLX - MF report) invests a large share of its assets in equity instruments. The fund aims to provide returns which are twice as much as the monthly performance of the Russell 2000 Index. This small-cap mutual fund returned 29.21% over the last one year period.

The fund manager is Paul Brigandi and he has managed this small-cap mutual fund since 2004.

Pacific Advisors Small Cap Value A (PASMX - MF report) seeks capital growth. The fund invests the majority of its assets in small cap companies. These firms must have a market capitalization not exceeding $2 billion. This small-cap mutual fund returned 17.39% over the last one year period.

As of December 2012, this small-cap mutual fund held 30 issues, with 4.93% of its total assets invested in Saia, Inc.

Bridgeway Ultra-Small Company (BRUSX - MF report) invests a large share of its assets in a wide range of “ultra-small companies”. A maximum of 15% of its assets are invested in foreign instruments. This small-cap mutual fund returned 24.56% over the last one year period.

The small-cap mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $2,000 and an expense ratio of 1.22% compared to a category average of 1.41%.

BlackRock Small Cap Growth II A (MDSWX - MF report) seeks capital appreciation over the long-term. The fund invests the majority of its assets in small cap equity securities. The fund invests heavily in domestic issuers whose market capitalizations are identical to those included in the Russell 2000 or the S&P SmallCap 600 Indices. This small-cap mutual fund returned 10.34% over the last one year period.

The fund manager is Andrew F. Leger and he has managed this small-cap mutual fund since 2006.

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

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