Print the page
Increase font size

Posted November 27, 2023

Zach Scheidt

By Zach Scheidt

Wall Street’s Best Bargains Are on Sale

If you're looking to boost your retirement income, it's tempting to focus solely on big, blue-chip stocks.

After all, industry titans like Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble are known for paying stable dividends for decades.

And it’s why investing in blue-chip dividend stocks like these is one of my favorite ways to build wealth over time.

But if you want to get an edge over other investors, you need to think outside the box to find opportunities that others overlook.

As I explained last week, you have an opportunity to do just that by investing in small-cap stocks.

And today I want to continue that discussion and show you why now is a great time to load up on these stocks.

Small Stocks Offer Huge Potential

You may have heard about the "magnificent seven," a collection of the largest mega-cap stocks that have been driving the market higher.

This list includes the biggest of the big, companies like Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Meta, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Tesla.

Over the past few years, investors have been enamored with huge companies like these while turning a blind eye to smaller businesses on Wall Street.

Yes, many of these shareholders have been rewarded with healthy returns in an otherwise volatile market. But here's the thing...

It’s common for mega-cap stocks to go through seasons of extreme popularity. Eventually, enthusiasm falls once they get so big that they can't grow quickly anymore.

We're certainly at that point for many of the market's favorite large-cap stocks.

Meanwhile, small-cap stocks go through seasons of extreme neglect. Investors just aren't interested in buying these companies, regardless of the available value.

This essentially fits the dominant attitude on Wall Street right now. But the tide is starting to shift, and many small-cap stocks now look like incredible opportunities!

Now, small-cap stocks don’t exactly fit with our broader investment approach here at Rich Retirement Letter.

We usually focus on mid-to-large-cap stocks and companies with long histories of paying and growing their dividends.

Many small-cap stocks don’t pay a dividend at all. And those that do usually don’t offer the kind of stability we prioritize.

But given today’s investment landscape, they’re simply too good of an opportunity to ignore. Here are a few reasons why small-cap stocks deserve a spot in your portfolio…

3 Reasons to Load Up on Small Caps Today

First, small caps are historically cheap. 

According to data from Bespoke Investment Group, many small-cap sectors currently have over 20% of stocks trading below book value.

So if investors took these companies, sold their assets, and paid off their debt, the cash would be worth more than the stock prices today.

In other words, these stocks are almost priced as if the companies were going out of business.

Admittedly, some of the companies in that boat have serious issues.

But there could be some winners among them, and the market is simply failing to recognize their intrinsic value and future profits.

Buying these stocks at fire sale prices sets you up for strong returns when the market eventually realizes its mistake.

Not only are these stocks extremely valuable (not to mention cheap) right now, but small caps are also beginning to rebound.

The Russell 2000 Index, a benchmark for small-cap stocks, dropped nearly 20% between the beginning of August and the end of October.

But it has shown impressive strength in November, rallying powerfully off its lows. As investors, it’s practically impossible to predict when a downturn will run its course.

So rather than trying to catch a falling knife, you want to see a healthy rebound before you start to invest again.

The performance of small caps so far this month confirms my sense that these stocks were oversold and due for a rebound.

With stocks still trading at dirt-cheap prices compared to their earnings potential, I believe this rally has a long way to go.

Finally, small caps help diversify your portfolio.

As I mentioned earlier, large companies have driven much of the activity on Wall Street this year. But it’s only a matter of time before investor sentiment changes.

If and when these mega-cap stocks roll over, the major indexes weighted heavily toward them will fall as well.

But if you allocate a portion of your portfolio to small-cap stocks before this happens, you’ll balance your risk and smooth out your returns.

Bottom line, small caps provide a compelling opportunity in today’s market while other investors are obsessed with mega-cap tech stocks.

Their attractive valuation, high growth potential, and diversification benefits make them one of the most promising investment opportunities heading into the end of the year.

If you’re looking to add exposure to the sector through a basket of stocks rather than individual companies, the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) is a great place to start.

And stay tuned, as we'll surely have more to say about these stocks heading into the end of the year and as we kick off 2024.

How Others’ Incompetence Costs You Big-Time

How Others’ Incompetence Costs You Big-Time

Posted January 17, 2024

By Byron King

The overall societal decline in skills is a growing problem that’s becoming much more serious, and it can cost us all a lot of money.
Turning Empty Cubicles Into Houses

Turning Empty Cubicles Into Houses

Posted January 15, 2024

By Zach Scheidt

Right now we're on the cusp of the next big transition, one that will reshape cities across the country.
"Boring AI": Overlooked Opportunity From CES 2024

"Boring AI": Overlooked Opportunity From CES 2024

Posted January 12, 2024

By Zach Scheidt

Reporting to You Live From Las Vegas
5 Must-See Predictions

5 Must-See Predictions

Posted January 10, 2024

By James Altucher

James Altucher shares five of his biggest predictions for 2024 and why he believes cryptocurrencies are still the future of money.
Welcome to Earth, the Mining Planet

Welcome to Earth, the Mining Planet

Posted January 08, 2024

By Byron King

In the next 25 years, mankind will have to produce the same amount of copper as humanity has dug from the earth in the past 5,000 years.
All Sizzle, No Steak: On the Hunt for Profitable Tech

All Sizzle, No Steak: On the Hunt for Profitable Tech

Posted January 05, 2024

By Zach Scheidt

The Consumer Electronics Show will showcase some of the most exciting trends in technology. But beware of the companies that are "all sizzle, no steak."