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5 Great 401(k) Funds for 2013

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Small-Cap Growth Fund: Janus Triton

If you’re a long-term investor with many years until retirement, one of the areas you might want to consider in your 401k next year is small-cap growth — that is, smaller companies that have a lot of upside potential as they gain reach and scale. Small-cap companies can be profit powerhouses when they hit on a great new product, and even if there are some rocky market movements in 2013, you can expect smaller and more agile companies to get up to speed faster than lumbering blue chips.

Check your 401k plan for your personal small-cap growth fund options. If possible, consider Janus Triton (MUTF:JATTX) since it’s one of the best small-cap growth funds out there. It has earned a five-star rating from Morningstar, and a lifetime rate of return that tallies bout 11% annually.

Current holdings include Dresser-Rand (NYSE:DRC), TransDigm Group (NYSE:TDG) and MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI)

Managers Brian Schaub and Chad Meade have been with the fund since 2006, proving there is stability in strategy and leadership here.

Janus also has no transaction costs and a reasonable expense ratio of 0.94%. That means it charges $94 for every $10,000 you invest as a management fee.

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