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EXAMPLES OF GROWTH FUNDS
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You can often identify a growth fund by its name. Many of them have words like "value," "growth," "small-cap" and "mid-cap" in them. Others may include references to growth such as "venture," "opportunity," or "development."

Aggressive-growth funds are similar to growth funds. Their portfolios, however, are even more strongly growth-oriented.

Many are small-cap funds and invest in small, promising companies. Aggressive-growth funds are often described with terms such as "enterprise," "small company," or "emerging growth."

Some aggressive-growth funds use specific strategies to raise their values. For example, they may buy and sell very frequently to avoid the risk of a drop in value.

Still others may use options, which are the rights to buy or sell a stock at a set price before a certain date in the future.

Specialized funds, also called sector funds, invest primarily in one industry.

Sector funds may invest in the auto industry, pharmaceuticals, or microtechnology, to name a few. Usually, there are stocks from other industries in the fund as well. To be classified as a specialized fund, a fund must put at least 25 percent of its money into one industry.

Not all specialized funds are growth funds. Those that are may choose a certain industry because it is expected to be a great performer for many years to come.

Now, a brief word about growth fund performance.




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