Mice who can roar - long

Finding mice that can roar

In the recent past, there’s a good chance you've come across reports of small-cap stocks and their impressive performance. And this might've led to FOMO (fear of missing out) and a renewed interest in small-cap investing on your part.

But here’s the thing. The small-cap universe has hundreds of stocks. And only a tiny fraction of them are likely to end up being multi-baggers. The rest could easily exhibit underperformance, relatively large levels of volatility, or both.

This means you have two options if you really want to enter the small-cap space:

  1. Carry out detailed research into the fundamentals of small-caps (which is not something most of us can pull off), or

  2. Focus on high-quality small-cap stocks that have been carefully selected based on key criteria, including strong return on equity, manageable leverage levels, and consistent earnings per share growth.

We’re guessing the second option looks far more attractive to you as well.

Let’s look at some numbers. When you compare the quality-oriented Nifty Smallcap 250 Quality 50 TRI with the Nifty Smallcap 250 TRI, you see that the former performed better regardless of the investment duration:

  • Long-term: it delivered returns of >15% much more frequently
  • Short-term: it delivered returns of <8% less frequently

Mice who can roar - small-cap charts
Source: DSP Internal. Rolling returns, time period: Apr 1, 2005 to Jun 12, 2024.

The Nifty Smallcap 250 Quality 50 TRI also reduces the chances of capital loss, and recovers more quickly after major corrections.

So if you want a piece of the small-cap pie while keeping risk levels low, you should probably take ‘quality’ very seriously.

And if you find all this difficult to comprehend, you can always take guidance from our experts: simply click here.


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