In the market: pre 2012 articles archive home
Do small-caps deserve the bad rap?
Institutional investors and the media tend to focus on the negative side of small-caps, claiming them to be overly risky, frequently fraudulent and in general lacking in the level of quality that investors should be looking for in an investment.
Monday, December 12, 2011 ... more
No good news
Last Wednesday was a bit of a black-letter day for small-cap investors. None of the seven companies that released their results on the last day of the month had any good news for their shareholders.

Monday, December 5, 2011 ... more
For the right reasons
Because, while penny stocks offer more risk, lower returns, and the potential for total capital loss, they also provide the greatest opportunity for spectacular returns.
Monday, November 28, 2011 ... more
The magic formula
In his book, The Little Book that Beats the Market, Joel Greenblatt promotes an investment strategy he calls ‘the magic formula'. At the time of writing - the book was published in December 2005 - Greenblatt claimed the formula beat the S&P 500 96% of the time with an average 17-year annual return of 30.8% - compared to the S&P’s 12.4%.
Monday, November 21, 2011 ... more
Looking at 6 months to end-August
Are things getting a little better? Of the twenty one small-caps that reported results to 31 August 2011 only three showed headline losses in the last six months: Colliers, Erbcon and Stratcorp. Seventeen of the twenty-one are reporting better results, including Colliers and Stratcorp.
Monday, November 14, 2011 ... more
Anything to be learnt by looking back?
How do we predict these huge increases in price that come to such an abrubt end? How can we tell how long is too long? Is the answer in a better understanding of the underlying fundamentals? In market trends?
Monday, November 7, 2011 ... more
When the telling’s as important as what's being told
Assessing management through their results takes a while and by the time suspicions are confirmed, it’s often too late. More immediate measures of trustworthiness are needed.
Monday, October 31, 2011 ... more
Value versus growth
Value versus growth investing: which one is right for you?
The question is often asked, and makes us feel that we have to make the choice between two opposing approaches.
Monday, October 24, 2011 ... more
Screening for small-caps
“Tried and trusted stock-screening investment strategies are essential,” says David Stevenson in Investors Chronicle.

Monday, October 17, 2011 ... more
The ones that are not going to do well
Amongst the companies * least likely to succeed are those that:

Monday, October 10, 2011 ... more
Malkiel’s rules
For those who regard investing as “play” (as he puts it) Malkiel proposes three rules for successful stock selection.
Monday, October 3, 2011 ... more
The case for small-cap value investing
The Fama and French Three-Factor Model is both a historical milestone and modern mystery in the study of finance.
Monday, September 26, 2011 ... more
After billion-plus share issues
It’s not easy to predict which companies are the more likely to succeed or fail. Some investors will tell you that it depends on the quality of management.
Monday, September 19, 2011 ... more
Looking at the size-effect Monday, September 12, 2011
Insider buying's worth tracking. Monday, September 5, 2011
3 red flags should be enough Monday, August 29, 2011
Telemaster's fiscal fitness test Monday, August 22, 2011
In search of Small Cap Nirvana Monday, August 15, 2011
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