5 Successful Steps to Small-Cap Investing

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Small-cap investing can be a bit scary—if you don’t know what you’re doing. For some people, the temptation of high returns is cancelled out by the inherent risks of investing in small, often little-known companies. I’m here to alleviate those fears!

The following infographic (the text version is below that) is a five-step plan to successful small-cap investing. By following these five steps in my Cabot Small-Cap Confidential advisory, I have crafted a portfolio of small-cap recommendations that have an average return (as of this writing) of 89%!

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Here are five successful steps to small-cap investing.Historically, small-cap stocks outperform the market. But small-cap stocks can be more volatile on the way up so it’s good to have a plan to help you focus on the end goal. Research and a disciplined investment strategy are key.

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1) Have a Plan:

a. You’ll be more comfortable—and more successful—investing in small caps if you follow a plan that covers:

i. What percentage of your portfolio will you invest in small caps?
ii. What is your time horizon?
iii. What are your profit goals?
iv. How much are you willing to be down on a position and for how long?

2) Buy with Discipline:

a. In general, buy when:

i. A stock’s price is reasonably steady, not surging or crashing
ii. Fundamentals suggest the stock is reasonably valued
iii. There is no known catalyst that’s driven excessive price appreciation
iv. You’ve done your research and understand the potential, and the risks

3) Sell Losers with Discipline:

a. Generally, sell …

i. Anticipated growth catalysts are unlikely to materialize
ii. Unanticipated negative event changed the growth outlook
iii. Fundamentals suggest value trap
iv. Industry growth trends break down
v. Stock is down 25% to 30% from entry point

4) Sell Winners with Discipline:

a. Generally, sell when one or more of the following happens or is likely…

i. Anticipated growth catalysts have run their course
ii. Slowing growth appears unlikely to sustain investor interest
iii. A buyout offer has come from a company you don’t care to own
iv. The stock is up 50% to 100% (or more) and partial profits are warranted
v. The stock begins to break down and/or underperform benchmark index

5) Do Your Research:

It’s a simple fact: most small-cap stocks are so small that the big Wall Street firms don’t have analysts covering them. You’re on your own. And because a lot of small-cap trading happens based on rumors, personal hunches or insider information, there is often a big information gap. We can fill that knowledge gap, to help you base your small-cap investing on solid research, and fundamental and technical analysis. That’s how you make money in small caps!

Tyler Laundon

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Tyler Laundon is chief analyst of Cabot Small-Cap Confidential. The circulation of Small-Cap Confidential is strictly limited because the undiscovered stocks with sky-high-potential that Tyler recommends are often low-priced and thinly traded. Don’t share these recommendations!

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