Mid-cap stocks are often overlooked...
Investors may not be aware of the potential benefits of including midcap stocks in their portfolios. Mid-caps are companies, typically between $1 and $5 billion in market capitalization, that don't always elicit the attention commonly bestowed upon their larger and smaller siblings.
Mid-cap companies have a better opportunity to navigate their start up years as compared to their smaller counterparts. This is due to the fact that they generally have products and managers with proven track records, and usually have greater access to capital marketsbetter enabling them to finance their own growth. On average, mid-sized companies have some of the enhanced growth potential of smaller stocks, while being less volatile.
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Investing in mid-capitalization companies may be subject to more risk including more volatility and less liquidtity than more established large-cap companies.
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