Time For Tech?

As YouTube continues to generate buzz and Google trades at near $500 per share, the tech sector may be ready to regain market leadership

are weighing the fundamentals of the stocks.

Of course with technology, investors never know what’s next. But for Ralph and Cheryl Wells, it’s a growing nest egg to fund their retirement and the education expenses of their children Amari, 12, and Evan, 7. “Some areas of technology are little known but may eventually become important, just as the Internet became suddenly popular,” says Wells, a project manager for a large technology firm in Dallas. “Take the area of content management, for example. Companies such as Disney may want to target certain demographics for specific products. Wireless technology will make this possible–this is an area that might really take off.

FUND NAME
TICKER
1-YR RETURN %
3-YR RETURN %
5-YR RETURN %
MINIMUM INITIAL PURCHASE
PHONE
Technology
Jacob Internet
JAMFX
16.24
19.44
24.42
2500
888-522-6239
Matthews Asian Technology
MATFX
21.29
17.92
15.24
2500
800-789-2742
Royce Technology Value Service
RYTVX
8.53
-1.26
9.72
2000
800-221-4268
Waddell & Reed Adv Science & Tech A
UNSCX
7.57
13.57
7.2
500
800-366-5465
T. Rowe Price Global Technology
PRGTX
10
10.38
7.15
2500
800-638-5660
Diversified Emerging Mkts
T. Rowe Price Em Eur & Mediterranean
TREMX
34.74
40.7
37.35
2500
800-638-5660
Quant Emerging Markets Ord
QFFOX
31.5
29.28
30.44
2500
800-326-2151
Excelsior Emerging Markets
UMEMX
33.79
30.95
28.34
500
800-446-1012
Evergreen Emerging Markets Growth A
EMGAX
46.21
31.68
28.23
1000
800-343-2898
Foreign Large Blend
RS Emerging Markets A
GBEMX
35.79
32.87
28.02
5000
800-343-0817
AllianceBernstein Intl Growth A
AWPAX
25.04
22.88
20.29
2500
800-227-4618
Rochdale Atlas
RIMAX
33.26
25.65
19.73
1000
800-245-9888
Phoenix Foreign Opportunities A
JVIAX
29.3
24.48
18.25
500
800-243-1574
Henderson Intl Opportunities A
HFOAX
28.03
21.49
18.06
500
866-343-6337
Foreign Large Growth
Janus Overseas
JAOSX
47.21
32.21
19.19
2500
800-525-0020
Marsico International Opportunities
MIOFX
23.95
20.01
17.68
2500
888-860-8686
Columbia Marsico Intl Opp A
MAIOX
23.34
19.92
17.4
2500
800-321-7854
Fidelity Advisor Diversified Intl A
FDVAX
16.6
18.2
16.16
2500
877-208-0098
Forward International Equity
FFINX
34.4
21.29
15.95
4000
800-999-6809
Foreign Large Value
Quant Foreign Value Ord
QFVOX
31.03
24.69
23.55
2500
800-326-2151
DFA Intl Value II
DIVTX
34.42
26.02
22.41
2,000,000*
310-395-8005
AllianceBernstein Intl Val A
ABIAX
34.18
24.94
22.13
2500
800-221-5672
Dodge & Cox International Stock
DODFX
28.01
25.56
20.78
2500
800-621-3979
Thomas White International
TWWDX
31.8
25.84
19.22
2500
800-811-0535
Large Blend
CGM Focus
CGMFX
14.95
17.42
17.25
2500
800-343-5678
Janus Contrarian
JSVAX
24.58
21.01
15.69
2500
800-525-0020
Tocqueville
TOCQX
17.05
14.05
12.59
1000
800-697-3863
MassMutual Select Focused Value A
MFVAX
19.65
11.11
12.33
0
888-309-3539
Fidelity Advisor Industrials A
FCLAX
14.86
16.63
12.27
2500
877-208-0098
Large Growth
Columbia Marsico 21st Century A
NMTAX
18.53
15.99
15.9
2500
800-321-7854
Marsico 21st Century
MXXIX
18.65
16.1
15.83
2500
888-860-8686
Amana Trust Growth
AMAGX
15.41
19.51
11.34
250
800-728-8762
Legg Mason Growth Trust Primary
LMGTX
0.62
3.45
10.46
1000
800-822-5544
Fidelity Fifty
FFTYX
11.13
9.83
9.86
2500
800-343-3548
Large Value
Pioneer Cullen Value A
CVFCX
16.63
14.71
13.92
1000
800-225-6292
Hillman Focused Advantage
HCMAX
12.3
16.09
13.9
5000
800-773-3863
Hancock Horizon Value A
HHGAX
18.03
17.31
13.87
1000
800-259-1926
Yacktman Focused
YAFFX
16.13
7.83
13.69
2500
800-525-8258
Yacktman
YACKX
15.95
7.96
13.27
2500
800-525-8258
Mid-Cap Blend
RS Value A
RSVAX
16.37
18.89
23.11
5000
800-766-3863
Kinetics Paradigm
WWNPX
27.81
21.52
20.39
2500
800-930-3828
Hodges
HDPMX
17.77
19.78
17.95
250
866-811-0224
Fidelity Select Defense & Aerospace
FSDAX
20.66
19.36
16.96
2500
800-544-9797
Empiric Core Equity A**
EMCAX
11.03
13.58
15.49
5000
888-839-7424
Mid-Cap Growth
FBR Small Cap
FBRVX
28.49
19.76
20.78
2000
888-888-0025
Baron Partners
BPTRX
21.55
25.54
16.82
2000
800-442-3814
Delaware American Services A
DASAX
14.84
14.01
15.22
1000
800-523-1918
Legg Mason Opportunity Prim
LMOPX
13.41
11.25
14.33
1000
800-822-5544
Thornburg Core Growth A
THCGX
18.1
18.5
13.9
5000
800-847-0200
Top five funds by category and top 10 specialty technology funds ranked by five-year return.
Only distinct non-institutional shares open to new investors with a minimum initial investment of no more than $5,000 were considered. Data through 1/9/2007.

FUND NAME
TICKER
1-YR RETURN %
3-YR RETURN %
5-YR RETURN %
MINIMUM INITIAL PURCHASE
PHONE
Technology
Fidelity Select Software & Comp
FSCSX
24.92
10.39
6.83
2500
800-544-9797
Wasatch Global Science & Technology
WAGTX
15.95
9.01
6.72
2000
800-551-1700
Turner New Enterprise
TBTBX
9.32
10.72
6.69
2500
800-224-6312
RS Internet Age A
RIAFX
2.45
6.51
6.66
500
0
800-766-3863
Henderson Global Technology A
HFGAX
10.36
10.62
6.62
500
866-343-6337
Mid-Cap Value
ICON Materials
ICBMX
19.46
20.82
16.11
1000
800-764-0442
Phoenix Mid-Cap Value A
FMIVX
26.3
17.88
15.22
500
800-243-1574
Delafield
DEFIX
20.38
15.53
14.86
5000
800-221-3079
Fidelity Value
FDVLX
15.09
16.81
14.23
2500
800-343-3548
Wells Fargo Advantage Mid Cap Dis Inv
SMCDX
18.27
15.65
13.93
2500
800-368-1030
Moderate Allocation
Bruce
BRUFX
17.72
25.84
29.42
1000
800-872-7823
ING T. Rowe Price Cap Apprec S
ITCSX
14.64
12.93
12.63
0*
800-584-6001
T. Rowe Price Capital Appreciation
PRWCX
14.54
12.16
12.22
2500
800-638-5660
Delaware Dividend Income A
DDIAX
19.65
10.69
11.1
1000
800-523-1918
American Funds Inc Fund of Amer A
AMECX
20.29
11.99
10.97
250
800-421-0180
Small Blend
Bridgeway Ultra-Small Company Market
BRSIX
1.48
11.7
21.27
2000
800-661-3550
Pacific Advisors Small Cap A
PASMX
35.05
26.08
20.01
1000
800-989-6693
Gartmore Small Cap A
GSXAX
29.16
25.78
19.13
2000
800-848-0920
Keeley Small Cap Value
KSCVX
19.55
22.66
18.67
1000
888-933-5391
Pacific Capital Small Cap A
PCSAX
17.53
16.17
17.34
1000
800-258-9232
Small Growth
Royce Value Plus Service
RYVPX
19.35
20.09
21.58
2000
800-221-4268
Baron Small Cap
BSCFX
11.83
13.96
13.17
2000
800-442-3814
UMB Scout Small Cap
UMBHX
12.07
13.86
12.5
1000
800-996-2862
Baron Growth
BGRFX
15.5
15.62
12.3
2000
800-442-3814
Excelsior Small Cap
UMLCX
16.35
13.59
11.93
500
800-446-1012
Small Value
James Small Cap
JASCX
12.49
15.13
18
2000
800-995-2637
Heartland Value
HRTVX
28.02
12.52
16.5
5000
800-432-7856
Tamarack Micro Cap Value S
TMVSX
21.69
17.35
16.31
1000
800-422-2766
Northern Small Cap Value
NOSGX
20.28
16.8
16.16
2500
800-595-9111
Royce Opportunity Inv
RYPNX
18.76
13.5
15.97
2000
800-221-4268
Natural Resources
U.S. Global Investors Global Res
PSPFX
22.19
33.4
41.03
5000
800-873-8637
Jennison Natural Resources B
PRGNX
20.55
32.5
30.4
2500
800-225-1852
RS Global Natural Resources A
RSNRX
8.11
27.38
28.02
5000
800-766-3863
Van Eck Global Hard Assets C
GHACX
21.98
30.04
26.81
1000
800-826-1115
Ivy Global Natural Resources A
IGNAX
25.79
27.61
25.93
500
800-777-6472
Precious Metals
U.S. Global Investors WrldPrecMineral
UNWPX
52.3
26.26
48.05
5000
800-873-8637
U.S. Global Investors Gold Shares
USERX
50.19
23.11
41.41
5000
800-873-8637
USAA Precious Metals and Minerals
USAGX
43.19
21.19
38.6
3000
800-531-8448
Van Eck Intl Investors Gold A
INIVX
45.23
22.03
38.05
1000
800-826-1115
Evergreen Precious Metals B
EKWBX
35.43
19.47
37.02
1000
800-343-2898
Real Estate
CGM Realty
CGMRX
9.01
30.46
34.24
2500
800-343-5678
Alpine International Real Estate
EGLRX
38.74
30.35
29.54
1000
888-785-5578
Strategic Partners Real Estate Sec A
PURAX
35.95
30.09
28.17
2500
800-225-1852
ING Global Real Estate A
IGLAX
40.42
29.72
26.28
1000
800-992-0180
Phoenix Real Estate Securities A
PHRAX
36.27
27.58
26.02
500
800-243-1574
World Stock’
Polaris Global Value
PGVFX
24.57
19.4
21.05
2500
888-263-5594
Oakmark Global I
OAKGX
24.18
17.59
18.85
1000
800-625-6275
Templeton Global Smaller Comp A
TEMGX
24.3
19.12
18.78
1000
800-342-5236
Delaware Global Value A
DABAX
28.61
22.46
18.46
1000
800-523-1918
Vanguard Global Equity
VHGEX
23.43
18.33
17.71
3000
800-662-6273
Source: Morningstar Inc.
Morningstar makes every effort to ensure the accuracy and completeness of this data but cannot guarantee it.
*available through 401(k)
**Formerly Texas Capital Value & Growth A (tcvgx)

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