Small Caps Lead the Way after a Recession

Last week I asked Ian Wyatt from to come and teach us a little about why small caps are perfect for active traders. It got a pretty good response, so today I invited him back to convince us that small cap stocks are our way out of the recession...please feel free to comment with your thoughts and opinions as it's YOU that drive this blog!


Investors and traders seeking to recover from the losses of the bear market need to consider small-cap stocks, due to their consistent out-performance following a downturn in the stock market.

Several recent studies show evidence that small-cap stocks are most likely to be the best performing among equities following a recession.

According to a T. Rowe Price report entitled, A Perspective On Financial Topics For Our Investors, in the 12-month period following the end of the last nine recessions, small-cap stocks on average gained 24 percent, compared with a 17.6 percent gain for the S&P 500.

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Buy and Hold Investing Is Dead: Why Small Caps Work for Active Traders

I recently had the opportunity to get to know Ian Wyatt from, and his small-cap (and overall market) knowledge is outstanding! He's written the below article just for Trader's Blog readers, and per my request has made a special offer to those interested in learning more about small-cap stocks. Please feel free to comment with questions, opinions, and insight!

Conventional wisdom told investors that buying great companies at any price and holding them to eternity was the surefire way to growing a college or retirement fund. After all, during a secular bull market like that experienced from 1982 through 2000, when the Dow soared 1,409%, is was an indisputable strategy for almost guaranteed profits.

However, the days of “buy and hold” profits are now a distant, but fond memory. With the end of the century came the end of the 18-year secular bull market, the greatest creator of wealth in the last hundred years.

So today we enter a period of volatility where successful investors will be those who are willing to buy and sell stocks, turning the average investor into an active trader. MarketClub Trader’s Blog readers certainly know that the way to reap profits in this market is through buying and selling, not buying and holding.

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