In Brief: Mar. 26, 2001

THAT'S NO SMALL VALUE During the tech boom, small-cap value funds were about as exciting as coin collecting. Their boring, old-world holdings--industrials, retail and the like--remain the "antitech," but these days that's a plus: low p/e ratios, slow growth and sane market caps. Now that big is bad and growth is yesterday's (or tomorrow's) news, small caps will provide some shelter from the tech storm.

GIVE THEM CREDIT Starting this week, consumers will have Internet access to their credit scores. That's your three-digit loan-risk index, once seen only by lenders. Equifax, the largest U.S. credit reporter, and Fair, Isaac, which devises...

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