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A Vote for Small Cap Stocks?

Here is a nice article provided by Weston Wellington of Dimensional Fund Advisors:


In the days immediately following the recent US presidential election, US small company stocks experienced higher returns than US large company stocks. This example helps illustrate how the dimensions of expected returns can appear quickly, unpredictably, and with large magnitude.
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Robert J. Pyle, CFP®, CFA is president of Diversified Asset Management, Inc. (DAMI). DAMI is licensed as an investment adviser with the State of Colorado Division of Securities, and its investment advisory representatives are licensed by the State of Colorado. DAMI will only transact business in other states to the extent DAMI has made the requisite notice filings or obtained the necessary licensing in such state. No follow up or individualized responses to persons in other jurisdictions that involve either rendering or attempting to render personalized investment advice for compensation will be made absent compliance with applicable legal requirements, or an applicable exemption or exclusion. It does not constitute investment or tax advice. To contact Robert, call 303-440-2906 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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New Market Highs and Positive Expected Returns

Here is a nice article provided by Dimensional Fund Advisors:


There has been much discussion in the news recently about new nominal highs in stock indices like the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500. When markets hit new highs, is that an indication that it’s time for investors to cash out?
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Robert J. Pyle, CFP®, CFA is president of Diversified Asset Management, Inc. (DAMI). DAMI is licensed as an investment adviser with the State of Colorado Division of Securities, and its investment advisory representatives are licensed by the State of Colorado. DAMI will only transact business in other states to the extent DAMI has made the requisite notice filings or obtained the necessary licensing in such state. No follow up or individualized responses to persons in other jurisdictions that involve either rendering or attempting to render personalized investment advice for compensation will be made absent compliance with applicable legal requirements, or an applicable exemption or exclusion. It does not constitute investment or tax advice. To contact Robert, call 303-440-2906 or e-mail i This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Dissecting Dimensional

Here is a nice article written by Charles McGrath of Pensions & Investments:


Dimensional Fund Advisors began with the idea that using academic research to invest in smaller, under priced companies with a tilt to profitability could outperform the market by avoiding subjective stock picking and the rigidness of pure index investing. The firm’s assets have grown significantly since the financial crisis as institutions look for low-cost active strategies that deliver alpha. It is the largest manager of quantitative strategies, strictly to institutional investors.  LEARN MORE:

Dissecting Dimensional


Robert J. Pyle, CFP®, CFA is president of Diversified Asset Management, Inc. (DAMI). DAMI is licensed as an investment adviser with the State of Colorado Division of Securities, and its investment advisory representatives are licensed by the State of Colorado. DAMI will only transact business in other states to the extent DAMI has made the requisite notice filings or obtained the necessary licensing in such state. No follow up or individualized responses to persons in other jurisdictions that involve either rendering or attempting to render personalized investment advice for compensation will be made absent compliance with applicable legal requirements, or an applicable exemption or exclusion. It does not constitute investment or tax advice. To contact Robert, call 303-440-2906 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Growth vs. Value: Two Approaches to Stock Investing

Growth and value are two fundamental approaches, or styles, in stock and stock mutual fund investing. Growth investors seek companies that offer strong earnings growth, while value investors seek stocks that appear to be undervalued in the marketplace. Because the two styles complement each other, they can help add diversity to your portfolio when used together.

Growth and Value Defined

Growth stocks represent companies that have demonstrated better-than-average gains in earnings in recent years and that are expected to continue delivering high levels of profit growth, although there are no guarantees. "Emerging" growth companies are those that have the potential to achieve high earnings growth, but have not established a history of strong earnings growth.

The key characteristics of growth funds are as follows:

•  Higher priced than broader market. Investors are willing to pay high price-to-earnings multiples with the expectation of selling them at even higher prices as the companies continue to grow.
•  High earnings growth records. While the earnings of some companies may be depressed during period of slower economic improvement, growth companies may potentially continue to achieve high earnings growth regardless of economic conditions.
•  More volatile than broader market. The risk in buying a given growth stock is that its lofty price could fall sharply on any negative news about the company, particularly if earnings disappoint on Wall Street.

Value fund managers look for companies that have fallen out of favor but still have good fundamentals. The value group may also include stocks of new companies that have yet to be discovered by investors.

The key characteristics of value funds include:

•  Lower priced than broader market. The idea behind value investing is that stocks of good companies will bounce back in time if and when the true value is recognized by other investors.
•  Priced below similar companies in industry. Many value investors believe that a majority of value stocks are created due to investors' overreacting to recent company problems, such as disappointing earnings, negative publicity or legal problems, all of which may raise doubts about the company's long-term prospects.
•  Carry somewhat less risk than broader market. However, as they take time to turn around, value stocks may be more suited to longer-term investors and may carry more risk of price fluctuation than growth stocks.

Growth or Value... or Both?

Which strategy -- growth or value -- is likely to produce higher returns over the long term? The battle between growth and value investing has been going on for years, with each side offering statistics to support its arguments. Some studies show that value investing has outperformed growth over extended periods of time on a value-adjusted basis. Value investors argue that a short-term focus can often push stock prices to low levels, which creates great buying opportunities for value investors.

History shows us that:

•  Growth stocks, in general, have the potential to perform better when interest rates are falling and company earnings are rising. However, they may also be the first to be punished when the economy is cooling.
•  Value stocks, often stocks of cyclical industries, may do well early in an economic recovery but are, typically, more likely to lag in a sustained bull market.





When investing long term, some individuals combine growth and value stocks or funds for the potential of high returns with less risk. This approach allows investors to, in theory, gain throughout economic cycles in which the general market situations favor either the growth or value investment style, smoothing any returns over time.
 

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Because of the possibility of human or mechanical error by Wealth Management Systems Inc. or its sources, neither Wealth Management Systems Inc. nor its sources guarantees the accuracy, adequacy, completeness or availability of any information and is not responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such information. In no event shall Wealth Management Systems Inc. be liable for any indirect, special or consequential damages in connection with subscriber's or others' use of the content.

© 2016 DST Systems, Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part prohibited, except by permission. All rights reserved. Not responsible for any errors or omissions.


Robert J. Pyle, CFP®, CFA is president of Diversified Asset Management, Inc. (DAMI). DAMI is licensed as an investment adviser with the State of Colorado Division of Securities, and its investment advisory representatives are licensed by the State of Colorado. DAMI will only transact business in other states to the extent DAMI has made the requisite notice filings or obtained the necessary licensing in such state. No follow up or individualized responses to persons in other jurisdictions that involve either rendering or attempting to render personalized investment advice for compensation will be made absent compliance with applicable legal requirements, or an applicable exemption or exclusion. It does not constitute investment or tax advice. To contact Robert, call 303-440-2906 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The views, opinion, information and content provided here are solely those of the respective authors, and may not represent the views or opinions of Diversified Asset Management, Inc.  The selection of any posts or articles should not be regarded as an explicit or implicit endorsement or recommendation of any such posts or articles, or services provided or referenced and statements made by the authors of such posts or articles.  Diversified Asset Management, Inc. cannot guarantee the accuracy or currency of any such third party information or content, and does not undertake to verify or update such information or content. Any such information or other content should not be construed as investment, legal, accounting or tax advice.

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Diversifying Your Portfolio With Midcap Stocks

Long eclipsed by their bigger and smaller brothers, midcap stocks clearly suffer an image problem. Most have yet to achieve the universal coverage and broad visibility of large caps, but they lack the nimble reputation of small caps to potentially generate rapid earnings and share price growth. Yet these same characteristics are what make midcaps an ideal middle ground for investors looking to potentially reap the best of both worlds.

What Are Midcap Stocks?

Not surprisingly, midcap equities represent ownership in medium-sized companies. The value of a company's stock is known as its market capitalization, or market cap, defined as its share price multiplied by the number of shares outstanding. Midcap stocks are typically deflned as those with market capitalizations ranging from $3 billion to $10 billion, although ranges vary. Note that this definition changes over time as the value of the overall market shifts.

Because midcap stocks are typically issued by established companies with experienced management, they are usually considered less risky than small-cap stocks. They also may be more stable after surviving the transition from small business to larger company. And because they usually have an established track record, research about mid-sized companies -- crucial to determining an investment's potential -- is usually readily accessible.

On the other hand, because they're medium-sized, there's often still room for growth as they strive to gain more market share and become dominant in their industry. After all, most of today's blue-chip stocks were once midcaps.

Evaluating the Numbers

While the spotlight often shines on large-cap stocks (they comprise more than 80% of the equities market based on market value), midcap stocks (which account for less than 10% of the market) have historically been kind to long-term investors. For the 30 years ended December 31, 2015, midcap stocks returned an annualized 13.31% while large-cap stocks rose 10.37% and small-cap stocks increased 10.73%.1

Performance, however, is just one consideration when investing. Risk is another important factor. Over that same 30-year period, the standard deviation (a historical measure of volatility) of midcap stocks was 17.18% compared with 15.23% and 18.52% for large caps and small caps, respectively. And the combined risk/return profile, or Sharpe ratio, is also favorable for midcap stocks (see chart). Although past performance is not a guarantee of future returns, these statistics make a compelling historical case for owning stocks of medium-sized companies.1



Spreading Risk


Perhaps the best reason to consider including midcap stocks in a portfolio can be summed up in one word: diversification. Doing so means you'll own different types of stocks, which may potentially help reduce risk. Why? Because different investments perform better during different phases of the market cycle. Purchasing a variety of investments helps spread the risk and may help cushion your portfolio from short-term market swings.

You can diversify further by buying a mix of growth and value stocks in each size category. Some years, growth stocks outperform. For example, in 2007, midcap growth stocks returned 13.5% while midcap value stocks gained only 2.7%. However, in 2014, midcap growth stocks gained only 7.6% while midcap value stocks gained 12.1%.2

Another way to diversify your portfolio with midcap stocks is to invest in a midcap mutual fund. Such funds are naturally diversified because they invest in many midcap companies. Additionally, midcap mutual funds come in a variety of styles and are professionally managed.

Finally, be sure to review all of your investments once a year with a qualified financial professional. Among the items on your to-do list, you'll want to check that your investments are still compatible with your financial goals.


Source(s):

1.  ChartSource®, DST Systems, Inc. For the period from January 1, 1986, through December 31, 2015. Large-cap stocks are represented by the S&P 500 index. Midcap stocks are represented by a composite of the CRSP 3d-5th deciles and the S&P 400 index. Small-cap stocks are represented by a composite of the CRSP 6th-10th deciles and the S&P 600 index. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Copyright © 2016, DST Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Not responsible for any errors or omissions. (CS000136)

2.  DST Systems, Inc. Midcap growth and value stocks are represented by the S&P MidCap 400 Growth and Value indexes. These unmanaged indexes are considered representative of their respective markets. Indexes do not take into account the fees and expenses associated with investing, and individuals cannot invest directly in any index. Past performance cannot guarantee future results.


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Because of the possibility of human or mechanical error by Wealth Management Systems Inc. or its sources, neither Wealth Management Systems Inc. nor its sources guarantees the accuracy, adequacy, completeness or availability of any information and is not responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such information. In no event shall Wealth Management Systems Inc. be liable for any indirect, special or consequential damages in connection with subscriber's or others' use of the content.

© 2016 DST Systems, Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part prohibited, except by permission. All rights reserved. Not responsible for any errors or omissions.


Robert J. Pyle, CFP®, CFA is president of Diversified Asset Management, Inc. (DAMI). DAMI is licensed as an investment adviser with the State of Colorado Division of Securities, and its investment advisory representatives are licensed by the State of Colorado. DAMI will only transact business in other states to the extent DAMI has made the requisite notice filings or obtained the necessary licensing in such state. No follow up or individualized responses to persons in other jurisdictions that involve either rendering or attempting to render personalized investment advice for compensation will be made absent compliance with applicable legal requirements, or an applicable exemption or exclusion. It does not constitute investment or tax advice. To contact Robert, call 303-440-2906 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Yield vs. Total Return

Here is a nice article written by Dimensional Fund Advisors:

 

In this brief, we explore the yield vs. total return approaches to generating income in a portfolio and address misconceptions about the benefits of emphasizing dividend and interest income at the expense of other portfolio issues.  CLICK HERE:  Yield vs. Total Return.pdf

 

 

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Gravel Road Investing

Here is a nice article provided by Jim Parker of Dimensional Fund Advisors:

 

Owners of all-purpose motor vehicles often appreciate their cars most when they leave smooth city freeways for rough gravel country roads.  In investment, highly diversified portfolios can provide similar reassurance.  Click here to read the full article:  Gravel Road Investing.pdf

 

 

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