NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Volatility in the stock market has investors running for blue-chip stocks, but the best risk-reward proposition lies in smaller companies, says Sam Dedio, manager of the Artio U.S. Microcap Fund (JMCAX). The investor favors tiny tech stocks including Network Engines (NEI) and Integrated Silicon Solution (ISSI).The mutual fund, which garners two of five stars from Morningstar (MORN), has returned 24% over the past year, compared with 18% for its peers. During the past three years, the fund has risen an average of 4.9% annually, whereas its rivals are little changed.
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