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Meet the Small-Cap Specialists

These are four of the best.

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When it comes to large-cap funds, the big fund companies dominate. But in small caps, they barely have a presence. If you're running $200 billion in large-cap funds and $5 billion in small-cap funds, clearly your priority is not small caps.

To fill that void, some other firms have focused their efforts on small caps. The stocks have less coverage from Wall Street, but the businesses are often simpler and easier to value. As a result, some firms have thrived with that focus. They actually have more analysts and managers looking at small-cap stocks than most of the giants. In addition, some are more willing to close their funds at a manageable amount.

Here, I'll take a look at four of the better small-cap firms and how they run money. I set a minimum of three small-cap funds to be included. Interestingly, each of the smaller firms has about 25 investment professionals--managers and analysts--working on small caps.

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Russel Kinnel has a position in the following securities mentioned above: RYSEX, WAAEX. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.