WHY IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD TIME TO START YOUR SHARE PORTFOLIO
It doesn’t matter when you start your share portfolio, as long as you start it. And the experts agree that Small Caps add the boost you need for your investment returns. Under the Radar Report is here with a team of independent and experienced analysts to do the hard research for you. We find small cap stocks on the ASX for your share portfolio. Boost your return with Small Caps.
Why is it important to start a share portfolio?
Over the long term, the stock market is still the biggest generator of wealth around. The stock market in an index sense will reflect what’s going on in the overall economy: not just GDP growth, but the changes in the mix of the economy. It reflects the importance of technology. Property can never do this because it’s simply bricks and mortar.
The ASX stock market reflects technological changes, but often in a way that is different to what people perceive at the outset.
In 1999 people were buying anything dot.com, but the real industry that has been revolutionised is banking. The cost base in banking has been permanently reduced by 20 to 30 percentage points, relative to where it was. And as we all know, these cost reductions haven’t been passed on to the consumer!
Buy diversity with small caps with a handful of dollars
The great thing about shares is that you can buy diversity with a handful of dollars. You can buy a media company, a miner, a technology company, a bank and a hospital owner. If you own a big house in Randwick or St Kilda, you’re stuck with that area’s characteristics, and it’s expensive and time consuming to get out!
The most important thing is buying quality companies and the right price
The most powerful thing in investing is buying quality companies at the right price; the second is dollar cost averaging: investing in stocks over time when the price is high and when it’s low. Combining the two should generate returns of 10 per cent plus over the long-term.
Why Blue Chip Stocks and SMALL Caps are important in a portfolio
There is a place for both blue chip stocks and small caps in a portfolio. Blue Chip stocks at the big end of the spectrum definitely have the advantage of being less likely to go broke. The financial crisis proved that point. But at the small cap end, although there is more volatility, there is more diversity, and more potential to boost your portfolio’s returns.
There are over 2,200 listed companies on the ASX and the biggest seven represent about half of the $1.3 trillion dollar market capitalisation. These are the big four banks, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton and Telstra.
The median market cap of the top 200 companies has a market cap of close to $2 billion. While almost 90 per cent of the companies, numbering just under 2000 have a market cap of less than $300 million, which is what we define as small caps. It’s these small companies that Under the Radar focuses on because they are not widely covered. We think that they should represent at least 25 per cent of a share portfolio.
It’s must easier for a company with a market cap of $100 million to double and triple in value, than it is for one that is worth $1 billion.
Building a small cap portfolio, whether or not it exists within a bigger portfolio, such as a swag of Telstra and CBA shares that you inherited from your aunt, shouldn’t change your approach.