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Over the long-haul, small-caps have historically outperformed.

“Small-cap stocks have earned a return premium of about 2% over large-cap stocks since 1926,” according to Morningstar analyst Michael Rawson. “However, this premium can vary drastically over time and has become smaller in recent decades.”

Related: An Unexpected Strength Of Small Cap ETFs

Investors interested in the small-cap category have a number of broad ETF options available.

Small-cap ETFs:

  • iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEArca: IWM)
  • iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: IJR)
  • Vanguard Small Cap ETF (NYSEArca: VB)
  • Schwab U.S. Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: SCHA)
  • WisdomTree SmallCap Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DES)
  • Schwab Fundamental U.S. Small Company ETF (NYSEArca: FNDA)
  • Vanguard Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEArca: VTWO)
  • SPDR S&P 600 Small Cap ETF (NYSEArca: SLY)
  • First Trust Small Cap Core AlphaDEX Fund (Nasdaq: FYX)
  • PowerShares S&P SmallCap Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: XSLV)
  • WisdomTree SmallCap Earnings Fund (NYSEArca: EES)
  • Oppenheimer Small Cap Revenue ETF (NYSEArca: RWJ)
  • Vanguard S&P Small-Cap 600 ETF (NYSEArca: VIOO)
  • iShares Morningstar Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: JKJ)
  • PowerShares DWA SmallCap Momentum Portfolio (NYSEArca: DWAS)
  • SPDR Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEArca: TWOK)
  • SPDR Russell 2000 Low Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: SMLV)
  • WisdomTree U.S. SmallCap Dividend Growth Fund (NasdaqGM: DGRS)
  • Compass EMP U.S. Discovery 500 Enhanced Volatility Weighted Index ETF (NasdaqGM: CSF)
  • iShares Enhanced U.S. Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: IESM)
  • AlphaMark Actively Managed Small Cap ETF (NasdaqGM: SMCP)
  • Compass EMP US Small Cap High Dividend 100 Volatility Weighted Index ETF (NasdaqGM: CSB)
  • PowerShares Russell 2000 Equal Weight Portfolio (NYSEArca: EQWS)
  • Compass EMP US Small Cap 500 Volatility Weighted Index ETF (NasdaqGM: CSA)
  • iShares FactorSelect MSCI USA Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: SMLF)
  • ProShares Russell 2000 Dividend Growers ETF (NYSEArca: SMDV)
  • ETFS Zacks Earnings Small-Cap U.S. Index Fund (NYSEArca: ZSML)

Leveraged/inverse small-cap ETPs:

  • Direxion Daily Small Cap Bull 3X Shares (NYSEArca: TNA)
  • Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3X Shares (NYSEArca: TZA)
  • ProShares UltraShort Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEArca: TWM
  • ProShares Short Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEArca: RWM)
  • ProShares UltraPro Short Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEArca: SRTY)
  • ProShares UltraShort Small Cap 600 ETF (NYSEArca: SDD)
  • ProShares Short Small Cap 600 (NYSEArca: SBB)
  • ProShares Ultra Russell2000 (NYSEArca: UWM)
  • ProShares UltraPro Russell2000 (NYSEArca: URTY)
  • ProShares Ultra SmallCap600 ETF (NYSEArca: SAA)
  • UBS ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Small Cap High Dividend ETN (NYSEArca: SMHD).
  • Direxion Daily Small Cap Bull 1.25X Shares (NYSEArca: LLSC)
  • Direxion Daily Small Cap Bull 2x Shares (NYSEArca: SMLL)
  • iPath Long Extended Russell 2000 TR Index ETN (NYSEArca: RTLA)

For more information on the small-cap segment, visit our small-cap category.

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