greater liquidity than many small-caps while also frequently boasting greater financial resources and business stability.
The underfollowed, often misunderstood micro-cap asset class, although more volatile, also offers unique opportunities, especially for patient managers with a focus on managing volatility.
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1 Source: FactSet. The average of monthly Russell 2500 position weightings in the Russell 3000 from 12/31/85 through 12/31/13