Research & Whitepapers

Deja vu All Over Again: Serial Correlation and Micro-Cap Equities

View a historical analysis of how micro-cap equity returns are distributed over time. (2017)

The State of the IPO Market

With the proper approach and analysis, IPOs represent a sound investment. Looking at IPOs by market capitalization and industry segment helps to narrow and focus the decision about whether a given IPO makes sense. (2016)

Dollar Strength and Small-Cap Stock Returns

With a continued run of a strong dollar, will money begin flowing back into Small-Cap stocks? We look at the reasons why this may just happen. (2015)

Are Micro-cap stock valuations high or low? Maybe both.

Evidence that an accurate assessment of valuation for the micro-cap asset class requires a deeper analysis of the index (2013)

Interest Rate Hikes and Small-Cap Stock Returns

Learn how small cap stocks have performed following previous hikes in interest rates. (2013)

The Micro-Cap Advantage: How MicroCap Equities Have Helped Enhance Return and Lower Correlation in Client Portfolios

Perritt Capital Management Founder Dr. Gerald W. Perritt’s white paper on The Micro-Cap Advantage. (2013)

Observations of Inflation Expectations’ Effect on Risk Assets in the Post-Crisis Period

An analysis of how higher inflation expectations have affected risk-assets in the new, zero-bound interest rate environment. (2013)

Private Equity is capital that is not quoted on a public exchange. Private equity consists of investors and funds that make investments directly into private companies or conduct buyouts of public companies that result in a delisting of public equity. The majority of private equity consists of institutional investors and accredited investors who can commit large sums of money for long periods of time. Private equity investments often demand long holding periods to allow for a turnaround of a distressed company or a liquidity event such as an IPO or sale to a public company. Active microcap portfolios invest in companies that are often targeted by private equity investors due to their business characteristics and small market capitalizations. However active microcap portfolios only invests in companies that are listed on public exchanges.

The Russell 2000 Index consists of the smallest 2,000 companies in a group of 3,000 U.S. companies in the Russell 3000 Index, as ranked by market capitalization. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Microcap equities are defined as the 9th and 10th decile of all companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), American Stock Exchange (AMEX) and NASDAQ, as ranked by market capitalization, ending 12/31/2011, according to Ibbostson & Associates Classic Yearbook, 2012. Large cap equities are defined as the S&P 500 Index. The chart titled Micro-Cap Equities Have Provided Strong Long-Term Returns illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $1 investment in Large Cap Stocks as measured by the S&P 500 and Microcap equities as measured by Ibbostson & Associates. Assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains, but does not reflect the effect of any applicable sales charge or redemption fees.

This chart does not imply any future performance. Small company stocks defined as the bottom quintile of securities ranked by market capitalization from 1926-2017. Correlation is a statistical measure of how two securities move in relation to each other. Beta measures the sensitivity of rates of return on a fund to general market movements.

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