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There is no denying it, small cap stocks are having their moment in the sun. The Russell 2000 is up over 10% this year, while the S&P 500 is up only 3.2%. A number of factors are powering them: tax cuts that benefit small companies more than large ones, better US than overseas growth, and a rising Dollar amid heightening trade disputes. In light of this, the WSJ has picked 3 small cap stock funds for investors to consider. They are: DFA US Small Cap Value Portfolio, T. Rowe Price QM U.S. Small-Cap Growth Equity Fund, and the Harbor Small Cap Value Fund.
FINSUM: Reading about their strategies, the T.Rowe offering looks particularly interesting and has the best five-year annualized return of 14.6%.
You have heard it before, and while you might not want to, you need to hear it again. All signs point to the fact that ETFs will likely be the epicenter of the next big market blow up. Investors will be familiar with the argument that the “liquidity mismatch” between ETFs and underlying bonds is a big problem, but the reality is that this is also the case in stocks. While small caps and other less-liquid stocks pose a big threat to ETFs which track them, in a market downturn, even quite liquid shares might be set alight by forced panicked selling by ETFs. Bloomberg gives and an example “Imagine that one big investor in an ETF with, say, a 10 percent stake is forced to sell a large part its holding in a single day. There might not be ready buyers for such a large holding, causing the ETF to fall to a price below the value of the assets it owns. This price impact may be exaggerated, as ETF activity intensifies both upswings and downswings”.
FINSUM: The fact that there are also big risks in equities really opened our eyes. We knew about the bond liquidity issue, but the fact that it extends to both small and large cap equities is quite concerning. Then again, there is a fatalistic logic where this all makes sense: ETFs have been the big growth driver since the Crisis, so it makes sense they would be the epicenter of the next one.
Whether investors like it or not, it appears a real trade war has begun. While the US-China spat is getting the most headlines, including President Trump enacting blockages to Chinese investment into the US, we are also putting tariffs on other major trading partners like Canada and the EU. With this new reality taking hold, here are four ETFs that will thrive in the trade war. The first two are the Financial Sector SPDR and the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF because Financials are a “screaming buy” according to BNY Mellon Investment Management. Bank revenues are very healthy and the sector is insulated from trade war. The final choice is the Invesco S&P SmallCap Industrials, which will prosper as the economy expands and whose constituents have much lower international exposure versus their larger cap peers.
FINSUM: These seem like well-thought and diversified choices. We are slightly nervous about financial stocks at the moment because of the yield curve, but small caps definitely seem like an excellent choice.
Small cap stocks have done well this year, and many are growing more interested in the area following underperformance in the last few years. With that in mind, here are some picks from a top global small caps fund manager. The first thing to know is that international small caps are one of the few areas where active management adds value because many companies are poorly covered by analysts. The other thing to know is that at small caps the CEO really makes a difference in a way that is impossible at much larger organizations. The manager picks shares like Japan’s Horiba, or ABC-MART, or Britain’s Electrocomponents.
FINSUM: Picking international small caps is definitely an area where management needs to be outsourced to a specialist, and to be honest, this fund’s (Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap) picks and approach were to us impressive.
Many investors might be thinking that small caps look like a good buy at the moment. Between trade tariffs, the new tax package, and the president’s general focus on economic nationalism, small caps seem to have a lot of wind in their sails. But the big question for investors should be whether they are overvalued. The Wall Street Journal says the asset class is overvalued, as the market has gotten overly optimistic about small cap growth prospects and is valuing the stocks too richly versus their current earnings, especially given rising interest rate risk in the economy.
FINSUM: The WSJ used an unusual valuation metric to assess the sector (EV/EBITDA), but overall the sector looks richly valued. So is every other asset class.