Royce Micro-Cap Trust (NYSE: RMT) as of Nov 30, 2018

The term microcap stock (also micro-cap) refers to the stock of public companies in the United States which have a market capitalization of roughly $50 million to $ million.

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This of course removes the qualitative factor from the process as mechanical approaches can rely only on quantitative factors. One approach for the mechanical filtering could be to once a year sort stocks based on a certain valuation ratio and then additionally sort the cheapest stocks based on historical price performance. For the valuation factor, I would prefer to use cash flow instead of net income.

The reason for this is that cash flow provides a better and more reliable picture of company fundamentals.

For example dividends, debt and investments are paid from cash flow and not from net income. Net income could be much higher than free cash flow, but if the cash flow is negative there is just not any money left for shareholders in the form of dividends. This kind of a rebalancing should be as well performed once a year since the business environment and therefore share price can quickly change courses for a microcap stock.

One possibility for the rebalancing could be during April as majority of corporations have already published last fiscal year's financial figures. So, in short the rules of the microcap strategy would be the following:. When I backtested the above strategy in QuantumTester, I was able to generate quite nice results. From to present, the above strategy performed extremely well against DIA in the backtester. You can see table and graph versions of the backtested strategy below.

In addition, the correlation between the microcap strategy and DIA was non-existing 0. All of this means that the previously stated microcap strategy is an extremely good addition to anyone's portfolio. However, it still has to be noted that as the extra return did not come without much higher risk, an investor should assign only a small portion of total portfolio to this strategy. All of them were once micro-cap stocks.

Instead, maybe try investing in a few microcap stocks that meet the criteria listed above. Oddly enough, most people do the opposite. They sell their winners to buy more of their losers, thinking that this will increase their gains in the long term.

In other words, if a stock has proved itself to be a good investment, try doubling down. You should, of course, make sure that your investment thesis is still solid before doubling down. Here are the top micro-cap stocks ranked by their performance this year.

Some of these stocks have doubled since the start of Many of them go public at the microcap level before skyrocketing into the billions. Those of you who follow my writing know how confident I am in the power of innovation. I believe that technology firms are eating into the rest of the economy. So here is a second chart, this time showing microcap stocks in the technology sector. You may notice something else this time…. For some strange reason, biotech stocks are classified as healthcare rather than technology.

One or two non-tech stocks had to be removed from the list, but otherwise this presents a clear picture of which technology-related stocks outperformed in Compare the two lists. Only two stocks are different. The rest of them are biotech stocks—they outshone everything other micro-cap stock on the market! Replacing these two were another pair of biotech stocks: IOTS , which had returned How many other sectors can boast such impressive returns? My job is to wade through a sea of data and financial jargon so I can point you in the right direction.

To that end, I think that investing in micro-cap stocks could have made investors a lot of money this year. The data is unequivocal about that. You can unsubscribe at any time. Credit Card is NOT required. What Investors Should Know. Here's the full story. There's a world of difference between microcaps and penny stocks. So when you hear TV pundits talking about micro-cap stocks, just know that they're talking about stocks within a certain bandwidth.

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