Oct. 3, 2007, 11:36 a.m. EDT

Easier to stay put in funds today

By MarketWatch

BOSTON (MarketWatch) -- Jeff Tjornehoj, senior research analyst for Lipper Inc., says that mutual fund firms have "gotten a better handle on risk," which has created an environment where there are fewer scary funds and less potential for a fund firm to have several funds implode simultaneously than there was in the past.

In a radio interview with Chuck Jaffe, MarketWatch senior columnist, Tjornehoj noted that investors also have shaken down their portfolios to where they tend to hold more trusted issues, making it easier to stay put.

Tjornehoj suggested that investors consider buying Champlain Small Company (NAS:CIPSX) , Evergreen Special Value (NAS:ESPAX) , Fidelity Leveraged Company (NAS:FLVCX) and T. Rowe Price Media & Telecommunications (NAS:PRMTX) .

He put a hold on Federated Kaufman (NAS:KAUFX) , and suggested selling USAA Total Return Strategy and Bridgeway Ultra-Small Company (NAS:BRSIX) , noting that the popular Bridgeway fund -- a top long-term performance -- has recent numbers that are more worrisome.

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