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Small-cap stocks are known to be volatile, so it stands to reason to that micro-caps are seen as not for the faint of heart, but investors can mute some of that volatility by eliminating stock-picking and opting for a passive approach. That can include the iShares Micro-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: IWC). Micro-cap companies have a market […]

For those who can stomach high volatility, small-capitalization stocks can provide people the opportunity to invest in tomorrow’s next big thing. However, it is time-consuming and difficult to pick and choose small companies, so investors may be better off with a broad asset category exchange traded fund. ETFs allow investors to capture a specific group […]

In the equities market, stocks of varying market capitalization come with different levels of risk and rewards. So far this year, riskier micro-capitalization weighted exchange traded funds have been outpacing all other asset categories. Micro-cap companies have a market capitalization of around $50 million and $300 million, or less than small-cap stocks. Typically, investors will […]

The S&P 500 is off 0.6% to start 2014, and with that, there would appear to be diminished chances for a legitimate January Effect to materialize. After all, time is running out on January, but there is some good news and it may not be getting the attention it deserves. The January Effect is the […]

Micro-cap stocks, those with market values ranging from $50 million to $300 million, often get a bum rap. Some investors associate micro-caps with dangerous penny stocks. Others speculate that low market caps always mean increased volatility. It is true that stock-picking in the micro-cap universe is trickier than it is with large caps. Some investors […]

As we look forward to better economic growth, investors are regaining their risk appetite. Consequently, small- and micro-capitalization stocks and exchange traded funds are gaining momentum. Small and microcap stocks, which have market capitalizations of about $50 million to $300 million, are the most volatile market segment and generate a larger portion of their revenues […]

In the face of the recent strength in U.S. equities, Small Cap names have come back in focus given their “high beta” nature and potential to deliver “growth” to investment portfolio results albeit at higher risk than more established larger cap companies. This said, an offshoot of the Small Cap space known as “Micro-Caps” will […]

Last week’s rally and news of a Spanish banking bailout over the weekend have raised hopes the market is recovering rather than experiencing a dead-cat bounce. Investors should keep a close eye on microcap ETFs tracking the market’s smallest stocks because they usually lead when traders are embracing risk again. Microcap stocks are generally viewed […]

Exchange traded funds have brought passive indexing, low cost and diversification qualities to the average retail investor to the dismay of some managers of traditional mutual funds. Take, for instance, one of the first index fund portfolio pioneers, Dimensional Fund Advisors, a privately held firm with almost $250 billion assets in index funds, writes Mitch […]

Exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. small-cap and microcap stocks got a boost Monday from rallies in Timberland (NYSE: TBL), Graham Packaging (NYSE: GRM), Ness Technologies (NasdaqGS: NSTC), M&F Worldwide (NYSE: MFW) and other undersized companies. Vanguard Small Cap ETF (NYSEArca: VB) and iShares Russell Microcap (NYSEArca: IWC) were little changed Monday afternoon and […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in micro-cap stocks haven’t been as successful as those tracking larger companies, at least in terms of gathering assets. Now, some analysts argue that when it comes to investing in micro-caps, it’s worth it to pay the higher fees of traditional mutual funds in this category. Morningstar analysts Paul […]

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a useful way to get market exposure, but their structure is even more useful in some areas than others. Take micro-cap stocks. Micro-caps – companies with market capitalizations of between $1 million and $100 million – are often the names you’re least familiar with. You can spend hours researching them, […]

SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) is the largest exchange traded fund (ETF) in the world. But if you’re only looking at funds that give exposure to large-caps, you may not be maximizing your potential. In this market climate , investing solely in  the biggest, most popular index funds might result in disappointing returns and/or missed […]

If you are  optimistic about the stock market and believe that there is great growth that will occur over the next year, micro-cap companies and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold them may be the ticket. Small companies are sitting pretty these days. They not only tend to outperform the markets over the long-term, […]

Coming out of recessions, small-caps have a tendency to outperform. So why are many small-cap exchange traded funds (ETFs) struggling to keep pace with the markets? Small-caps have had a tough time keeping up with the big guys and the month of August revealed a struggle for this asset class. Year-to-date, iShares S&P Small Cap […]

The exchange traded fund (ETF) industry is rapidly evolving. Some funds are closing, new funds launch weekly and ETF providers are quickly dreaming up new funds and filing for them with the SEC. Here’s the latest on what’s happening in the industry. Shishir Nigam for Daily Markets reports that on Aug. 20, Grail Advisors announced […]

Does the bond market seem too conventional? Trying to find that next big thing? Well, micro-caps and their related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have some potential upside, but investors be warned: the small size of micro-caps makes them a bit risky. Finding that gem in the rough may some doing some homework, but Tim Hanson […]

Micro-cap stocks have long held the allure of high profits, but those profits have come at the cost of higher risk. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been able to moderate that risk slightly by allowing investors to put their money toward a basket of micro-cap stocks instead. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely […]

Small-cap exchange traded funds (ETFs) are up 15% in the last six months, compared to large-caps, which are up about 10% in the same time frame. So, why are small business owners becoming less optimistic instead of more? The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come […]

Small-cap and micro-cap exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been following the path woven for them by market history:  they have been leaving large-caps in the dust. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed […]

Investors seeking exposure to the smallest companies with the most growth potential would be interested in micro-cap companies. Because of the very small size of these companies, exchange traded funds (ETFs) are an ideal tool to gain exposure. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come […]

Small- and micro-cap exchange traded funds (ETFs) have a lot of appeal with investors. After all, they’re viewed as having more growth potential than their better-established but slower-growing large-cap counterparts. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not […]

As the government has inundated the U.S. economy with stimulus packages, budget deficits, bank bailouts and cash, many think that the end result will be inflation.  So how can one use exchange traded funds (ETFs) to fight it? The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come […]

Small cap stocks and companies can get overlooked by investors, as their large-cap counterparts may block the view. But good things come in small packages and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a great tool to help get good small-cap exposure. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not […]

The adage that good things come in small packages isn’t just for Christmases and birthdays – at the right time, it can apply to your exchange traded funds (ETFs), too. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not […]

We ended 2008 with a shriveled market in comparison to the robust volume we began with at the start of the year, but at that time it seemed as though the formerly distraught investors were hedging their bets by relying on “value” exchange traded funds (ETFs). The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of […]

Do microcap exchange traded funds (ETFs) indicate whether or not we have hit the halfway point of this devastating recession? History has shown that in a bull market recovery, small companies outperform larger companies, so in essence, if smaller companies are starting to outperform larger companies then things are turning for the better, states Gary Gordon of […]

During the recent market volatility, it is more important than ever for exchange traded fund (ETF) investors to remain unemotional and level-headed about the events of this year. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used […]

Have microcap exchange traded funds (ETFs) found the elusive bottom in what is a seemingly bottomless pit? Recent selloffs in the markets have diminished iShares Russell Microcap Index Fund (IWC), leaving it more than 50% off its high of June 2007 , according to Microcap Speculator for Seeking Alpha. Who knows if it could get […]

Micro-cap stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been struggling along with just about every other segment of the market as of late. When micro-caps do take off, they do so with quite a bang, and it usually happens fast, reports Andrew Leckey for Tribune Media Services. Small and micro-cap stocks and ETFs also help […]