As the debate over large-cap stocks vs. small-cap stocks continues, Robert Lanphier and David Ricci of the William Blair Mid Cap Growth Fund are taking the middle road. They believe mid-caps provide investors with the best of both worlds. Mid-cap companies are nimble enough to achieve fast growth rates like small-caps, yet established enough so that a momentary economic setback doesn't overturn their apple cart.

"The earnings growth rates are not dissimilar to small-caps, but the volatility profile is much more similar to large-caps," Lanphier says.

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