SMALL CAP VALUE

BEST OVERALL SMALL CAP VALUE FUND

Homestead Funds-Small Company (HSCSX)

A FAVORITE BECAUSE: It is hard to find a lower cost low minimum investment smaller cap value fund still small enough to perform well. Now that we are off the Royce train, Homestead Small Company rises to the top.

WE DON'T LIKE: The fund's 1.3% expense ratio definitely isn't as cheap as indexing. It's holdings average market cap shows that it's creeping toward mid-cap territory.

Named Favorite: 11/09
Return While Favorite: 124.95%
VS. S&P While Favorite: 24.18%
MAXrating: 39
Outlook: 4%
Expense Ratio: %

SMALL CAP VALUE SPECIAL CRITERIA WINNERS

BEST OPEN-END SMALL CAP VALUE FUND

Homestead Funds-Small Company (HSCSX)

Named Favorite: 11/09
Return While Favorite: 124.95%
VS. S&P While Favorite: 24.18%
MAXrating: 39
Outlook: 4%
Expense Ratio: %

BEST SMALL CAP VALUE ETF

Vanguard Small Cap Value ETF (VBR)

Named Favorite: 11/09
Return While Favorite: 125.86%
VS. S&P While Favorite: 25.09%
MAXrating: NA
Outlook: NA
Expense Ratio: NA

BEST LOW MINIMUM SMALL CAP VALUE FUND

Homestead Funds-Small Company (HSCSX)

Named Favorite: 11/09
Return While Favorite: 124.95%
VS. S&P While Favorite: 24.18%
MAXrating: 39
Outlook: 4%
Expense Ratio: %

BEST NTF SMALL CAP VALUE FUND

Janus Fd Inc-Small Cap Val Inv (JSCVX)

Named Favorite: 11/09
Return While Favorite: 75.99%
VS. S&P While Favorite: -24.78%
MAXrating: 59
Outlook: -5%
Expense Ratio: %

SMALL CAP VALUE PREVIOUS FAVORITES

Fund Name/Ticker: Added Removed Return Vs. S&P
Royce PA Mutual Fd Inv (PENNX) 05/0503/1173.52%41.32%
Royce Value Fd Svc (RYVFX) 03/0211/0987.36%85.12%
Third Avenue Sm Cap Value Fund (TASCX) 03/0411/098.03%7.27%
Vanguard Strategic Sm-Cp Equity Inv (VSTCX) 11/0611/09-31.98%-9.38%
UMB Scout Small Cap Fund (UMBHX) 03/0402/0840.15%13.67%
Tamarack Micro Cap Value S (TMVSX) 09/0108/0456.33%45.26%
Gabelli Westwood Mighty Mites AAA (WEMMX) 09/0108/0436.59%25.52%
Delafield Fund Inc (DEFIX) 08/0212/0338.61%14.48%
Royce Total Return Fd (RYTRX) 09/0108/0213.53%24.35%
JohnsonFamily Sm Cap Val (JFSCX) 09/0108/023.86%14.65%
Aegis Value Fund (AVALX) 09/0108/029.58%20.40%

SMALL CAP VALUE TRANSACTIONS

03/11 - Removed Royce PA Mutual Fd Inv (PENNX). Lost confidence in management company.

03/11 - Added Homestead Funds-Small Company (HSCSX). Added as Best Open-End and Best Overall Small Cap Value fund.

11/09 - Removed Vanguard Strategic Sm-Cp Equity Inv (VSTCX). Reason for removal: Better option in special criteria sub-category.

11/09 - Removed Third Avenue Sm Cap Value Fund (TASCX). Reason for removal: Better option in special criteria sub-category.

11/09 - Removed Royce Value Fd Svc (RYVFX). Reason for removal: Better option in special criteria sub-category.

11/09 - Added Vanguard Small Cap Value ETF (VBR). Added as Best Small Cap Value Exchange Trade Fund.

11/09 - Added Homestead Funds-Small Company (HSCSX). Added as Best Small Cap Value Low Minimum Fund.

11/09 - Added Janus Fd Inc-Small Cap Val Inv (JSCVX). Added as Best Small Cap Value No-Transaction Fee Fund.

11/09 - Added Royce PA Mutual Fd Inv (PENNX). Added as Best Open-End and Best Overall Small Cap Value fund.

02/08 - Removed UMB Scout Small Cap Fund (UMBHX). Reason for removal: Investment strategy/style change.

08/04 - Removed Tamarack Micro Cap Value S (TMVSX). Reason for removal: No load fund converted to load fund class structure.

08/04 - Removed Gabelli Westwood Mighty Mites AAA (WEMMX). Reason for removal: Closed to new investors.

12/03 - Removed Delafield Fund Inc (DEFIX). Reason for removal: Investment strategy/style change.

08/02 - Removed Royce Total Return Fd (RYTRX). Reason for removal: Fund became too fat (asset bloat).

08/02 - Removed JohnsonFamily Sm Cap Val (JFSCX). Reason for removal: Poor risk-adjusted performance.

08/02 - Removed Aegis Value Fund (AVALX). Reason for removal: Too expensive relative to other options in category.