When it comes to large-cap equity investing, smaller asset management firms are proving to outperform their larger peers in the asset class, according to research compiled by Northern Trust.

The Chicago-based firm’s study, “No Contest: Emerging Managers Lap Investment Elephants” Northern Trust concluded that investment firms with less than $3.6 billion under management outperformed the largest firms and all other groups studied, as well as the S&P 500 Index, over the five-year period ending June 30, 2011, according to an Oct. 26 statement.

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