New Face

Sometimes good funds go unheralded for arbitrary reasons. Although the portfolio underlying STI Classic Small Cap Equity Fund opened in 1994, a change in its name and structure last year makes it appear in many databases to be just one year old, a period too short to draw much attention. Yet in the three years ended on Dec. 31, the $369 million fund posted an annual average total return of 32.6%, vs. the 22.4% recorded by the Russell 2000 small-cap index. BUSINESS WEEK Senior Writer Robert Barker spoke with fund manager Brett Barner:

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