ETFs and active small - cap funds still lead the market despite Federal Reserve chatter.
UPDATE: How to buy mutual funds
A handful of quality small - cap funds have shone brighter than their peers when the market has tumbled.
Though these small - cap funds' three-year records aren't terribly inspiring, the offerings' outperformance is a reflection of long-term strength.
And they do so without more risk, relative to international large-cap funds.
Some advisers are getting in on the rally, but others are staying diversified.
These funds are run by skilled managers who invest in small companies they can hang on to for the long haul.
This year certainly isn't the first time these funds have triumphed.
Thanks to 2010 inflows, there are no guarantees these funds will be open long.
For investors unafraid of added risk, these quality funds offer exposure to stocks of some of the market's smaller companies.