It's a real boom-and-bust, roller-coaster business.

Overall, this fund gets my recommendation, with the caveat that it is more conservative than its peers. Since small caps have had a multiyear run, you may want to temper your exposure to this fund and make it a supporting player rather than a core fund in your portfolio.

We're confident about the longer-term prospects for the fund. Although it may not keep up with its more aggressive peers in a tech rally, we think its attention to long-term cash flow generation can help it in a slower-growth environment, when an earnings miss can send a richly priced stock reeling.