The Best Bets For Small Cap Diehards

Like the chagrined lover in Sheryl Crow's hit tune, "My Favorite Mistake," legions of contrarians cling to small-company stocks despite their heartbreaking ways. Take Jeff Burger, a Sussex (Wis.) engineer, whose stake in T. Rowe Price Small Cap Value Fund has disappointed him since 1996. Yet he holds on, believing small caps are plain cheap: "It doesn't make any sense that people would want to pay more for a dollar of large-company earnings than for a dollar of small-company earnings."

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