DF Dent Midcap Growth Posts Big Gains

The fund’s best performers over the past year were software firms.

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The managers of DF Dent Midcap Growth (symbol DFDMX), a member of the Kiplinger 25, our favorite low-cost mutual funds, are back in the office after months of remote work. But the quarantine did not hold them back. Midcap Growth returned 13.2% over the past year—far better than the 1.6% loss in the Russell Mid Cap index. Some of the fund’s best performers over the past year were software firms, including BlackLine (up 45%) and Ansys (up 37%). Shares in financial-services firm Moody’s rose 41%.

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Nellie S. Huang
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Nellie joined Kiplinger in August 2011 after a seven-year stint in Hong Kong. There, she worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia, where as lifestyle editor, she launched and edited Scene Asia, an online guide to food, wine, entertainment and the arts in Asia. Prior to that, she was an editor at Weekend Journal, the Friday lifestyle section of the Wall Street Journal Asia. Kiplinger isn't Nellie's first foray into personal finance: She has also worked at SmartMoney (rising from fact-checker to senior writer), and she was a senior editor at Money.