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Although the economy remains weak in the U.S., it is arguably better here than in many other spots around the world. Inflationary concerns and extreme levels of volatility are rocking emerging markets while many developed markets are facing debt crises on a seemingly daily basis. Yet, investors still remain skeptical of the American stock market as a whole, preferring to keep their assets in low risk options instead. Unsurprisingly, this fear of risk has led many into large cap equities as a haven from the storm, leaving many investors to forget about smaller, and often times more volatile, market cap levels. While this may be fine in a high risk environment, investors could miss out on some of the biggest gains should the economy stabilize and push broad markets higher. [click to continue…]

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Claymore announced last week the introduction of a new ETF providing exposure to the smallest of the small cap domestic equities. The Wilshire Micro Cap ETF (WMCR) will seek to replicate the Wilshire US Micro-Cap Index, a benchmark consisting of approximately 1,600 micro cap stocks. The weighted average market capitalization of the underlying index is just over $160 million. [click to continue…]

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Many investors choose to build their portfolios around core holdings in large and mega cap equities, investing in the S&P 500 or a similar benchmark. Beyond “blue chips,” many round out portfolio holdings with more moderate allocations to mid cap and small cap equities as a means of achieving diversification and potentially enhancing returns. But […]

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