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Royce Pennsylvania Mutual
Royce Pennsylvania Mutual
Chuck Royce
Ticker: PENNX
1-year return: -27.8%
5-year return: 2.1%
Expense ratio: 0.88%
ETF alternative: Vanguard Small-Cap (VB)

Small caps are a key ingredient in any well-diversified portfolio, not least because they have historically outperformed the giants in market rebounds.

Royce Pennsylvania Mutual, which boasts 8% 10-year annualized returns (vs. 3% for the Russell 2000 index), is a good way to gain exposure to this universe.

Last fall's brutal drops did create some opportunities, says small-cap investing guru Chuck Royce: "We used the decline to add better companies."

One ETF alternative is the Vanguard Small-Cap, which is designed to track the broad MSCI U.S. Small Cap 1750 index.

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Last updated June 15 2009: 11:01 AM ET
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Data as of June 1, 2009. Five-year return is annualized.
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