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PowerShares Zacks Micro Cap Portfolio ETF (PZI)

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  • Jul. 10, 2013, 12:03 PM
    Public Enemy #1 for microcap (IWC) investors is dilution, writes Ian Cassel, so take extra caution investing in capital-intensive groups like mining, energy, and biotech - institutions just short the stock waiting for the next capital raise and the shares can never seem to get out of their own way. Serial money raisers can naturally be found in all industries so be wary of unprofitable companies. When management says it has enough cash to become profitable, don't believe them.
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  • May 29, 2013, 12:41 PM
    Kevin Shea offers up 5 microcap (IWC) ideas based on how they've dealt with or are about to deal with "crossing the chasm" - their customer base moving from early adopters to early mainstream. Power Solutions (PSIX) long-ago passed the chasm, MiMdex Group (MDXG) just exited, AxoGen (AXGN) is just entering, and Charles & Colvard (CTHR) has new management hoping to push the company out.
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  • Mar. 25, 2013, 9:26 AM
    There's a "chasm of untold and historic proportions" in microcaps (IWC), writes Marc Robins, making the case for the sector. "The market has worked for over 3 decades crowding-out any interest, support or ownership of the tertiary issues," he says, excited over the number of low-risk 3-10 baggers out there right now.
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  • Dec. 6, 2012, 3:46 PM
    John Bogle's never bought the idea that small caps outperform large caps over time, but his assertion is based on the removal from the 20th century a decade of particular small cap outperformance starting in 1973. Without it, he says, large caps have actually done better. Is this fair? What if we remove a decade of large cap dominance? In 2012, microcaps (IWC) have gained 15%, vs. 11.6% for the Russel 2000 (IWM), and 13.6% for the SPY.
  • Nov. 19, 2012, 1:25 PM
    The selloff since mid-September was especially bruising to microcaps (IWC), which slid 10.3% (before today's 1.9% bounce) vs. a 7% decline in the S&P and a 6.3% fall in the Russell 2000. For the year, microcaps lag the 10.3% gain in the S&P and small-caps by 160 basis points.
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  • Sep. 14, 2012, 3:01 PM
    Maybe signalling the risk appetite needed for further gains (or a sign of froth), microcaps join small caps in leading the equity rally over the past month. Up 8.9%, the Russell Microcap Index (IWC) has outperformed the S&P 500 by 540 basis points, and taken the lead YTD by 290 basis points.
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  • Aug. 1, 2012, 12:02 PM
    The S&P 500 widened its recent lead over small-caps in July (SPY +1.55%, IWM -1.92%). On a Y/Y basis, SPY has outperformed IWM by 889 basis points. Interestingly, Microcaps (IWC) - after a rough (relative) year in 2011 - are neck and neck with the S&P thus far in 2012.
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PZI Description
The PowerShares Zacks Micro Cap Portfolio (Fund) is based on the Zacks Micro Cap Index (Index). The Fund will normally invest at least 90% of its total assets in common stocks that comprise the Index. The Index is designed to identify a group of micro cap stocks with the greatest potential to outperform passive benchmark micro cap indexes and other actively managed U.S. micro cap strategies. Due to their low correlation to large, medium and small sized companies, micro caps may complement existing blended portfolios by improving risk adjusted performance.
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