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Kip 25

Homestead Small Company Stock Fund

Symbol: HSCSX
Expense Ratio: 0.86%

Homestead Small-Company Stock is a small- and midsize-company stock fund and a member of the Kiplinger 25.

Managers Mark Ashton and Prabha Carpenter travel to far-flung corners of the country to find companies that generate a lot of cash and are run by shareholder-friendly executives. Though the one-year return is disappointing, over the past decade Homestead handily beat the Russell 2000 index, which tracks small-cap stocks.

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