SMID-Caps: To Know Them Is to Love Them

Bruce K. Aronow and James MacGregor It’s an opportunity born of neglect. Small-cap stocks have historically been the star performers of equities, handily outpacing large-cap stocks. And because they can get lost so easily in the grand sweep of the markets, small companies are often misunderstood and mispriced. That makes them great sources of alpha [...]

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Contrarian Investing and the US Auto Rebound

Kevin Simms and Ajit Ketkar When US auto sales were in the dumps three years ago, an investor predicting a rebound was considered about as credible as a used car salesman. Today, a bumper year for car sales is providing a great example of the enduring principles of long-term investing.

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Finding Value in Australian Equities

Investors in Australia have piled into defensive stocks since 2010, amid a global flight to safety. As a result, many cyclical companies are now unusually cheap, despite strong balance sheets and cash flows, and this has created a compelling opportunity.

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UK Equities Reach Inflation Tipping Point

Jon Ruff and Patrick Rudden As UK inflation surges ahead, equity investors should be concerned. With yields on inflation-linked bonds at extreme lows, we think real assets offer a better way to combat the risk of rising prices.

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Where SMID-Caps Get Their Performance Muscle

Bruce K. Aronow and James MacGregor  SMID-cap stocks, which bridge small- and mid-cap indices, have performed almost as powerfully as small-caps historically, but haven’t been as erratic. The “mid” in SMID is largely why.

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Ease the Burden of Managing Risk

Risk remains important for many institutional investors, but dealing with it effectively takes time and energy. How investors approach it should therefore depend on their governance capacity.

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When Is a Small-Cap Strategy Too Big?

For small-cap equity managers, liquidity is always a challenge. But how can you really know when a strategy is too big to move in and out of positions efficiently?

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Stability Still Matters as Investors Embrace Risk Again

By Kent Hargis (Pictured) and Chris Marx After years of chasing safety at all costs, investors are now reaching for opportunities in long-spurned riskier stocks. But they will still want to safeguard their portfolios against painful market swings in the future.

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The Markets and the Cult of Now

Crisis-battered investors continue to favor the relative certainty of current income over the “maybe” of future capital appreciation. If you ask me, however, this hyperfixation on Now is creating some provocative opportunities in Later.

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Pay Attention to Pricing Power in 2013

Revisions to earnings forecasts started to improve in late 2012 as analysts’ worst macroeconomic fears eased. But this year, global companies may find it tougher to boost profits while their pricing power remains weak.

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