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Over the years, mid-cap equities have certainly held their ground, proving to be a useful and potentially lucrative allocation for many investors’ portfolios. Despite their solid performance, some investors take a “barbell” approach to equities, shifting assets primarily to large and small cap funds, believing that the risk-return profile of mid-caps fall somewhere in between. While this assumption may hold true in some cases, there have been numerous mid-cap ETFs that have broken this mold, significantly outperforming their large and small cap counterparts [see also Gold ETFs In 2012: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly]. [click to continue…]

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Ongoing worries of a global economic slowdown coupled with Euro zone debt woes have prompted many investors to reallocate capital to safer corners of the market in recent months. U.S. large cap stocks have been a popular destination, largely considered a “safe haven” amongst equity investors, as this asset class has staged an impressive comeback since earlier in October of this year. However, investors looking to further diversify the equity portion of their portfolio ought to take a closer look at mid cap U.S. equities. Mid caps are often overlooked, although research suggest that this asset class can offer an appealing risk/reward profile relative to large cap stocks [see 25 Things Every Financial Advisor Should Know About ETFs].

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The impressive rise of the ETF industry in recent years is often held out as evidence of an ongoing shift in investor preferences away from costly active management and towards low cost indexing. Investors frustrated with the inability of pricey mutual fund managers to consistently beat their benchmark have abandoned stock picking in favor of […]

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As 2009 draws to a close, it appears that this will be another “year of the mid cap.” Although equities of all sizes have posted strong gains this year (particularly when compared to 2008), mid caps have led the way, and mid cap ETFs have  generally outperformed their small and large cap peers. Some investors […]

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In the summer of 1992, Eugene Fama and Kenneth French published “The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns” in The Journal of Finance, a groundbreaking analysis that prompted financial presses to run headlines declaring “beta is dead.” While the death sentence may have been a bit severe, it struck a significant blow to a widely-accepted and […]

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