According to research by McLean, Va. financial planner Barry Glassman, funds with a manager's name in the title – "sir-named funds," he calls them – have been gaining in popularity and for good reason, Money magazine reports.

Glassman found that of the 500 largest equity funds, the names of 16 include the portfolio manager’s name. All but one of these 16 "sir-named" funds beat the S&P 500 over the past three years vs. less than half of the largest 500 funds.

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