WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Informa Investment Solutions ("Informa"), a division of Informa plc (LSE: INF) and leading provider of software and strategic solutions to the financial services marketplace, has announced its latest PSN Top Guns list, which covers the fourth quarter of last year as well as the decade ending December 31, 2012. According to data compiled for Informa's PSN database, U.S. equity markets posted very strong returns across the board in 2012, with the Small Value universe showing the biggest gains. The Russell 2000 Value had a gain of 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter, a figure that was dramatically outpaced by a number of smaller, lesser-known names on the latest Top Guns list, giving credence to the idea that smaller boutique shops are more nimble and able to do better in this space. Because of their strong performance, Frontier Small Cap Value (+5.9 percent), Vulcan Value Partners (+5.2 percent) and Channing Small Cap Value (+8.8 percent) are all names likely to become more familiar to investors in the coming months. "The PSN Top Guns award is designed to recognize investment products with superior risk-adjusted performance over time," explained Ruth Calderon, Senior Vice President, Data Collection and Distribution, Informa Investment Solutions. "What really sets the Top Gun list apart from other rankings is that we include every product in each category universe, regardless of the size of the firm behind it. We don't include asset levels in any of the rankings, allowing small firms with great performance to compete on a level playing field against larger firms." Of the various international sectors analyzed, emerging markets showed the most dynamic performance, with the MSCI Emerging Markets Index posting a 5.6 percent gain in the fourth quarter and 18.6 percent for the year. Aberdeen Asset Emerging Markets Equity was a star performer in that universe with a 6.9 percent return on the quarter. Vontobel Emerging Market Equity's 2012 return of 22.2 percent also garnered a spot on the list.