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Virtus Fund Mixes Popular Leaders like Amazon with Obscure Newcomers

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What makes $832.4 million Virtus Zevenbergen Innovative Growth Stock Fund (SAGAX) one of the best mutual funds? Like many of its peers, this portfolio includes widely held large-cap tech names Amazon (AMZN), PayPal (PYPL) and Facebook (FB). But this portfolio also does key things unlike the vast majority of its rivals.

For one, the fund can invest in stocks of any size. Nearly 68% of its shareholders’ money was at work in large caps as of July 31, according to Morningstar Direct. About 30% was in midcaps and 2% was in small-caps.

A second rare trait? This fund takes stakes in companies that are very young. The portfolio is a venture-capital mutual fund in spirit if not actuality.

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