The definition of a mid cap varies greatly depending upon who you ask. People might define mid-caps as being companies with a market capitalization between $1.5 billion and $5 billion. Others bump that number up a bit and define them being between $2 billion and $10 billion. In the end, it depends on exactly who you ask. Market capitalization, simply put, is the cost of the company’s stock, multiplied by the number of shares outstanding. It’s basically the value the market places on a company.
Large caps are typically more alluring to some experts because they are perceived to be the safest and most reliable. The general assumption is blue chip stocks are strong and steady. But as Enron and others have proved, that isn’t always the circumstance. Risk exists throughout the market, and in some cases, with lowered risk, comes reduced growth.
Meanwhile, some small caps can be a bit too bumpy of a ride for many investors. Smaller, less-established companies mean there may be a bigger chance for growth but also more volatility. Many investors can’t grip the ups and downs that small caps offer. Small caps are often ignored by many analysts and thus, don’t get as much attention. Meanwhile, many large cap stocks are commonly highlighted. Mid caps, once again, are placed into the middle child category.
Mid cap stocks have become a popular investment of late 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 some of the growing pains which small-cap stocks haven’t experienced.
Experts say that by the time a company has ventured through life as a small cap, they are often better prepared to take care of the market’s sufferings. They’ve also typically 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 are prepared to accept. Meeting with a financial expert to assess your needs and goals, is one of the first steps towards setting a plan for the future. While no one investment is perfect for everyone, certain investments do fit well for people in particular situations.
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