Table: The Best Equity Funds

FUND TOTAL RETURN*

PILGRIM RUSSIA A 69.68% SCHRODER CAPITAL ULTRA INV. 67.97 MATTHEWS KOREA 67.72 AMERISTOCK FOCUSED VALUE 58.33 CORBIN SMALL CAP VALUE 49.27 WASATCH MICRO CAP 43.70 CGM FOCUS 42.72 BOSTON PARTN. SMALL CAP VAL. INSTL. 40.93 AEGIS VALUE 38.62 FRANKLIN MICROCAP VALUE 35.06 FIDELITY ADVISOR KOREA A 32.98 FIRST EAGLE SOGEN GOLD 32.71 MERCURY HW SMALL CAP VALUE I 31.30 TCW GALILEO VALUE OPPORTUNITIES I 30.97 AMERICAN CENTURY GLOBAL GOLD INV. 30.29 BRIDGEWAY ULTRA-SMALL CO. 29.49 THIRD MILLENNIUM RUSSIA 29.09 PERRITT MICRO CAP OPPORTUNITIES 28.95 WASATCH SMALL CAP VAL. 28.69 MONTEREY OCM GOLD 28.69 HEARTLAND VALUE PLUS 28.62 FBR SMALL CAP VALUE A 28.24 KINETICS SMALL CAP OPPORTUNITY 28.24 DELAFIELD 28.06 MERRILL LYNCH MASTER SMALL CAP VAL. C 27.38 USAA PRECIOUS METALS & MINERALS 27.27 BUFFALO SMALL CAP 26.51 AL FRANK 26.46 BERWYN 26.03 SPIRIT OF AMERICA INVESTMENT A 26.00 ROYCE SPECIAL EQUITY 25.36 BRIDGEWAY MICRO-CAP LIMITED 25.01 PROFUNDS ULTRABEAR PROFUND INV. 24.96 KENSINGTON STRATEGIC REALTY A 24.64 AMER. CENT. SMALL CAP. VAL. INSTL. 24.26 HEARTLAND VALUE 24.22 AMER. AADVANTAGE SMALL CAP VAL. MILE. 24.20 BABSON ENTERPRISE 24.06 TURNER SMALL CAP VALUE 23.77 NI NUMERIC INVESTORS SMALL CAP VAL. 23.68 JOHNSON FAMILY SMALL CAP VAL. 23.61 BURNHAM FINANCIAL SERVICES A 23.43 DREYFUS GR. & VAL. SMALL COMP. VAL. 23.40 RYDEX DYNAMIC TEMPEST 500 23.21 SCHWARTZ VALUE 22.99 FIDELITY LOW PRICED STOCK 22.98 BANC STOCK GROUP A 22.87 MERRILL LYNCH ASSET BLDR. MID CAP VAL. D 22.61 EVERGREEN PREC. MTLS. HOLDINGS A 22.53 GABELLI GOLD 22.05

* Appreciation plus reinvestment of dividends and capital gains before taxes, Jan. 1 through Dec. 12, 2001

Data: Standard & Poor's

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