For clients who want an actively managed, environmentally conscious fund, it's worth taking a look at the very small but fast-growing Gabelli SRI Green portfolio. If you're worried about the future of nuclear power or the revolutions causing oil price spikes, you might consider an alternative-energy mutual fund. "It's a way to bet on an increase in commodity prices without buying actual mines," says Tom Konrad, a chartered financial analyst who blogs at

Gabelli SRI Green lead manager John Segrich has beat his rivals most recently by avoiding clean-energy stocks like wind and solar, which depend on subsidies. Instead, he's buying energy-efficiency stocks, such as recyclers, and new cleaner technologies, as well as small and midsize companies that could do well even if one green trend doesn't pan out.

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