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(B)(N) The Russell 2000 & The Small Cap Renaissance

February 23, 2017

Figure 1: You’re Late, You’re Late, Very Late!

Drama. Wall Street is saying that the time is ripe for a “Small Cap Renaissance” in America but they’ve only come-up with some well-worn ETFs in the Russell 2000 below the top-heavy Russell 3000 which helps BlackRock and Vanguard and a few others to make more money but it leaves the rest of us mostly poor and gaping at the “black box” that they call “investing” for 8% per year, maybe (TheStreet, February 1, 2017, Charts Say: Go Long the Russell 2000 in February as Small-Caps Set to Shine).

Well, we don’t want that in the “New America” and they’re already late because this Renaissance began more than a year ago and it appears to be approaching some kind of apogee and then the “rabbit hole” that’s typical of the Wall Street endorsements; please see Figure 1 on the right above.

And we believe that if the government wants something, we should give it to them and so we’re buying more small caps and growth companies all across the country (and not just on Wall Street) which are providing real products in the mortgage, labor, crime, infrastructure, and health services and food industries, for example, that Uncle Sam, who is a going concern, needs and this market is huge in real stocks with personalized play dates made just for us and it’s also good to be there early in case the activists come.

And we’ve back-tested this portfolio and we’re good to go (please see below) but we need to apologize for these results because +40% per year with no risk at all is really over the top and we’re more comfortable with only 20% or 30% per year from these investors who might end-up with nothing at all; please see Figure 2 below for what it’s going to cost you today in the apogee market before the rabbit-hole which we will easily avoid in the (B)-class portfolio.


Figure 2: Always leave 10% for the others – Meyer Amschel Rothschild circa 1790

But we can’t tame our results without breaking our own rules – we want 100% capital safety and 100% liquidity, guaranteed, and we want a hopeful but not necessarily guaranteed return above the rate of inflation.

Sorry for all that but it doesn’t seem like too much to ask – if the market were rational, all trades would be made only at the risk price which is the “clearing price” in a rational market – and, after all, we’re helping to Make America Great Again by re-cycling their lost money and the Fed is not going to make any more of it until we do.

The Russell 2000 & The Small Cap Renaissance



Figure 1.1: AYI Acuity Brands Incorporated (B+)


Figure 1.2: ALB Albemarle Corporation (B+)


Figure 1.3: AWK American Water Works Company Incorporated (B+)


Figure 1.4: BERY Berry Plastics Group Incorporated (B+)


Figure 1.5: CXW CoreCivic Incorporated (B+)


Figure 1.6: ELLI Ellie Mae Incorporated (B+)


Figure 1.7: FN Fabrinet (B+)


Figure 1.8: AGM Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (B+)


Figure 1.9: FLS Flowserve Corporation (B+)


Figure 1.10: FMC FMC Corporation (B+)


Figure 1.11: ROCK Gibraltar Industries  Incorporated (B+)


Figure 1.12: HI Hillenbrand Incorporated (B+)


Figure 1.13: IEX IDEX Corporation (B+)


Figure 1.14: ISIL Intersil Corporation (B+)


Figure 1.15: JBT John Bean Technologies Corporation (B+)


Figure 1.16: LDL Lydall Incorporated (B+)


Figure 1.17: MAS Masco Corporation (B+)


Figure 1.18: DOOR Masonite International Corporation (B+)


Figure 1.19: MSEX Middlesex Water Company (B-)


Figure 1.20: MWA Mueller Water Products Incorporated (B+)


Figure 1.21: OC Owens-Corning Incorporated (B+)


Figure 1.22: RAVN Raven Industries Incorporated (B+)


Figure 1.23: SMTC Semtech Corporation (B+)


Figure 1.24: SUPN Supernus Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (B+)


Figure 1.25: SYY Sysco Corporation (B+)


Figure 1.26: GEO The GEO Group Incorporated (B+)


Figure 1.27: MIDD The Middleby Corporation (B+)


Figure 1.28: TBI TrueBlue Incorporated (B+)


Figure 1.29: WAT Waters Corporation (B+)


Figure 1.30: XON Intrexon Corporation (N)-class

For more examples of the (B)-class portfolio in difficult markets, please see our recent Posts on”The “W” Syndrome“, Steel,  Green Energy, UFOs and the High Flying Techs, and The Coal War which is heating-up again now; and the Canadian Mines have also taken-off – please see our recent Post “(B)(N) Extreme Economics – The (New) Canadian Mines” for a heads-up on that as well as The Great Rotation & Twenty Hot Canadians 2017.

And for more information and examples of the Free Market Yield and the terms that we have used above, please see our Posts “(P&I) The Dismal Equation (Ecclesiastes 9:1)” and “(B)(N) S&P 100 Volatility Risk and The Full Moon” and “(B)(N) NASDAQ 100 Volatility and The Stone Bunnies“ and for an introduction to The Barometer “(B)(N) What’s A Girl To Do” or “(P&I) The Swiss Franc Debacle“.

And for more information on real “risk management” in modern times and additional references to the theory and how to read the charts and tables, please see our Post, The RiskWerk Company Glossary and “(P&I) Dividend Risk and Dividend Yield“, and our recent Posts “(P&I) The Profit Box” and “(P&I) The Process – In The Beginning“; and we’ve also profiled hundreds of companies in these Posts and the Search Box (upper right) might help you to find what you’re looking for, such as “(B)(N) TLM Talisman Energy Incorporated” or “(B)(N) ATHN AthenaHealth Incorporated” or “(B)(N) PETM PetSmart Incorporated“, to name just a few.

And for more applications of these concepts please see our Posts which rely on the Theory of the Firm developed by the author (Goetze 2006) which calibrates The Process to the units of the balance sheet and demonstrates the price of risk as the solution to a Nash Equilibrium between “risk-seeking” and “risk-averse” investors within the demonstrated societal norms of risk aversion and bargaining practice. And for more on The Process, please see our Posts The Food Chain and The Process End-Of-Process.

And for more on what risk averse investing has done for us this year, please see our recent Posts on “(P&I) The Easy (EC) Theory of the Capital Markets” or “(B)(N) The Easy (EC) Theory of the S&P 500“, and the past, The S&P TSX “Hangdog” Market or The Wall Street Put or specialty markets such as The Dow Transports & Utilities or (B)(N) The Woods Are Burning, or for the real class actionLa Dolce Vita – Let’s Do Prada! and It’s For You, Dear on the smartphone business.

And for more stocks at high prices, The World’s Most Talked About Stocks or Earnings Don’t Matter – NASDAQ 100. And for more on what’s Working in AmericaBig OilShopping in America or Banking in America, to name just a few.


We are The RiskWerk Company and care not a jot for mutual funds, hedge funds, “alternative investments”, the “risk/reward equation” and every other unprovable artifact of investment lore. We have just one product

The Perpetual Bond
Alpha-smart with 100% Capital Safety and 100% Liquidity
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