Small caps stocks are companies with a “market cap” (the value of shares they have outstanding) below, say, $250 million, or some other arbitrary figure.
Many investors think of the “small cap group” as the place to look for aggressive investments, such as junior companies that will develop into seniors and make huge gains for investors. Some small caps will indeed turn out that way, but you’ll need to choose carefully. That’s because small cap stocks vary widely in quality.
The top small caps are well-established firms in growing fields with a least a record of rising sales. However, many small caps are start ups that have yet to make their first profit. Some succeed brilliantly, and these are the hot small cap stocks we aim to help you spot in our Stock Pickers Digest newsletter, but lots of others go broke. Then too, some small caps are former large-cap companies that have serious problems. These stocks now trade as small caps, but may be on their way to zero.
If you’re going to hold a small cap stock in your portfolio, we recommend that you only hold the very best. We also recommend using our three-part Successful Investor philosophy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; the Consumer sector; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
Having some investing knowledge will help you stay out of money-losing investments like pump-and-dump stocks and stock promotions
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Mid-cap stocks, like middle children, don’t always get the attention they deserve. But, that has failed to hold back several top stocks in this overlooked category.
What are mid-cap stocks?
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Smaller firms can sometimes generate higher returns than their larger counterparts, but they are often riskier, less liquid, and may underperform for long periods. One way to offset some of the risk is to focus on ETFs that hold top-quality small-capitalization companies.
A: The Compass Growth Portfolio fund is a mutual fund that holds mostly common shares, although it does hold some bonds. The portfolio manager of the Compass funds is ATB Investment Inc. The fund’s MER is 1.94%.
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A: On a broad level, funds that specialize in small-cap stocks are always more volatile. However, some small caps do offer above-average potential—like those we recommend in Stock Pickers Digest.
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