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Mid Cap Stocks

By Takara Alexis

The definition of a mid cap varies depending upon who you ask. Many define mid-caps as being companies with a market capitalization between $1.5 billion and $5 billion. Others raise that number up a bit and define them being between $2 billion and $10 billion. In the end, it depends on who you ask. Market capitalization is the price of the company’s stock, multiplied by the number of shares outstanding. It’s mostly the value the market places on a company.

Large caps are usually more glamorous to many experts because they are observed to be the safest and most reliable. The more dominant assumption is blue chip stocks are strong and steady. But as Enron and others have shown, that is not always the case. Risk remains throughout the market, and in most cases, with reduced risk, comes minimized growth.

Meanwhile, there are small caps can be a bit too bumpy of a ride for most investors. Smaller, less-established companies mean there may be a bigger chance for growth but also more volatility. Many investors can’t handle the ups and downs that small caps offer. Small caps are often ignored by many analysts and thus, don’t obtain as much attention. Meanwhile, many large cap stocks are frequently highlighted. Mid caps, once again, fall into the middle child category.

Mid cap stocks have become a popular investment lately because of the attractive qualities that many investors see in them. Frequently the companies are primed for potential growth, at the same time they’ve already gone through most of the growing pains which small-cap stocks have yet to experience.

Experts say that by the time a company has ventured through life as a small cap, they’re often better prepared to handle the market’s sorrows. They’ve also commonly had a chance to put quality management in place, and better refine their product and their message.

The size of the market capitalization you choose to invest in, has a great deal to do with your current financial situation and the amount of risk you’re ready to allow. Meeting with a financial professional to assess your needs and goals, is one of the first steps towards organizing a future plan. While no one investment is perfect for everyone, some investments do fit well for people in certain situations.

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