BCSVX: A Foreign Fund With Flair

Brown Capital Management International Small Company's team of managers identifies exceptional growth companies.

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Though U.S. investors have had little reason to look abroad for opportunities lately, it’s prudent to keep some of your portfolio in foreign stocks. And if that prudence led you to invest in Brown Capital Management International Small Company (BCSVX), you are no doubt happy that you did. The fund boasts a five-year annualized return that beat its peers (funds that invest in growing small and midsize foreign firms), the MSCI ACWI ex USA index (a broad foreign-stock benchmark) and the S&P 500.

The fund has a unique approach: Four managers work together, picking apart prospective holdings, and everyone must agree on decisions to buy or sell. “We’re a team, and we think the outcome is better than when one person dominates,” says comanager Daniel Boston.

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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.