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The lower reliance on multinational sales has also supported mid-caps. Additionally, the mid-cap segment has provided favorable acquisition targets when cash-heavy large-cap companies are shopping around.

Other strong small-cap performers include the PowerShares Russell 2000 Equal Weight Portfolio (NYSEArca: EQWS) and the Schwab U.S. Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: SCHA).

“Keep in mind that smaller companies generally carry higher risk than larger, more stable companies. But small-caps also confer more room for growth and they actually provide ballast amid today’s international volatility,” adds “IJR boasts year-to-date and one-year returns of 5.53% and 0.39%, respectively, which is impressive compared with the iShares Russell 2000 (2.43% and -5.82%, respectively) and the S&P 500 (3.46% and 1.52%, respectively) over the same period.

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