In Brief: Sep. 25, 2000

GROWING UP FAST Investors often overlook new funds, especially small-caps without long track records. You shouldn't. This year average small-cap growth funds are outperforming their large-cap counterparts by a margin of 7%. And the No. 1 fund in the category, William Blair, has been around for less than a year. Returns like that show it's worth taking a harder look at the newcomers.


William Blair Small Cap/I 70.46 12/27/99 Kopp Emrg. Growth/I 59.46 10/1/97 Turner Micro Cap 40.40 2/27/98 Brinson US Small Cap 38.49 10/1/97 Bogle Small Cap 34.91 9/30/99

Source: Morningstar; YTD*: through 9/14


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