A Strong Case for Small-Cap Stock Growth
No one has ever said investing was a walk in the park.
But you’d be surprised how many are making it near impossible to find success.
That’s because they try a million different things. They get far too wrapped up with too many ideas. And they lose track of one of the best ways to make money today.
Unbelievably, an astonishing nine out of every 10 investors fail because:
1. Many don’t have good training, or guidance
2. They’re not aware of risk, thinking the stock market is a “get rich” scheme
3. They don’t think long-term. They want instant gratification.
4. They blindly follow the crowd, becoming one of the sheep
5. They fail to trade without emotion.
6. They fail to trade with a property strategy or even diversify.
7. They fail to learn from their mistakes.
In addition, one of the worst things many investors – especially new ones do – is they get caught up in what the press hounds would have them believe.
But that’s a great way to lose money.
We believe that if you really want to become a better investor then you need to be looking at where the smart money is heading. You need to understand what is truly driving the markets and how you can take advantage of these moves as – and before – they hit the mainstream.
You must also look at stocks others are far too fearful to touch.
That’s how the long-term wealth can be found.
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Small Cap Stocks Offer Long-Term Opportunity
Like most investors, one of your top goals has been to enjoy a financially secure retirement at whatever age you choose. That being the case, it stands to reason that your retirement “nest egg” should ideally generate above-market returns, often with below-market risk.
I’ve found that small-cap stocks offer the best opportunities.
When a crazed global landscape is fueling the appeal of domestic, small-cap stocks that tend to be insulated from the threat of trade war and a strong dollar for example.
According to CNBC:
“Small-cap stocks have been the place to be invested in this year relative to the large-cap names, and two investors seem to have cracked the code on them. Amy Zhang of Alger and Sandy Villere of Villere & Co. are portfolio managers invested in small-cap stocks that have outperformed their peers. The Alger Small Cap Focus Fund Class A (AOFAX) has returned nearly 31 percent to investors and ranks in the first percentile of the “small growth” category, according to data from Morningstar. Meanwhile, the Villere Balanced Fund (VILLX) has posted a return of 12.9 percent this year and ranks in the first percentile among balanced funds with 70-to-85 percent equity allocation. Their portfolios’ strong performances come as small caps have thoroughly outperformed the large-cap stocks. The Russell 2000 index is up about 11 percent this year and hit a record high on July 10 while the S&P 500 is up just under 5 percent in 2018.”
Tax cuts and deregulation have boosted small cap stocks because smaller companies derive revenue domestically.
Domestic economic growth is another strong catalyst, as is a stronger dollar.
JPMorgan U.S. equity strategist Dubravko Lakos-Bujas, as quoted by Forbes even noted, “We continue to recommend small-caps as a ‘catch-all trade’ for its high cyclical, reflation and tax policy exposures, as well as lower sensitivity to ongoing trade risk.”
To gain the most exposure to small cap stocks, ETFs are an option.
Each offers diversification among some of the top small cap stocks in the market.
Instead of spending thousands of dollars diversifying, you can spend a fraction of the cost on an ETF that offers ample exposure.
iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM)
Between November 2016 and August 2018, the IWM rallied from a low of $1115 to $168 mostly on the heels of President Trump’s tax plan. The IWM hold trades in Five Below (FIVE), Etsy Inc. (ETSY), Cree Inc. (CREE) and Entegris Inc. (ENTG) for example.
iShares S&P Small Cap 600 Growth ETF (IJT)
Between November 2016 and August 2018, the IJT ran from $125 to $201. The IJT holds trades in Trex Inc. (TREX), Neogen Corporation (NEOG), Stamps.com Inc. (STMP) and Green Dot Corporation (GDOT) for example.
iShares Core S&P Small Cap ETF (IJR)
Between November 2016 and August 2018, the IJR ETF ran from $57.50 to $88. The ETF has holdings in Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND), Neogen Corporation (NEOG), CACI International (CACI) and HealthEquity Inc. (HQY) for example.
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