5 Myths to Small Cap Investing – William Blair – 6.19.18


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Many investors have preconceived notions of the small cap market. We’ll debunk five myths to small cap investing and discuss how our unique perspectives uncover opportunities. We will discuss:

Myth 1: U.S. equity markets are completely efficient

  • Our Perspective: Time-horizon and knowledge-based inefficiencies exist

Myth 2: Quality companies don’t exist in microcap

  • Our Perspective: We frequently uncover high quality microcaps using in-depth fundamental research

Myth 3: Valuation doesn’t matter in small cap growth investing

  • Our Perspective: Strong valuation discipline is crucial to small cap growth investing

Myth 4: Small cap growth = momentum stocks

  • Our Perspective: Chasing the herd is not the best way to invest in small cap growth stocks

Myth 5: Now is the wrong time to invest in small caps

  • Our Perspective: It is an opportune time to invest in small caps relative to other segments of the market

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Ward Sexton, CFA, Partner
Portfolio Manager, U.S. Equity Growth Team
William Blair

Ward Sexton is a Portfolio Manager on the Small Cap Growth strategy. Previously, he was an Associate Portfolio Manager on the Small Cap Growth strategy and a Research Analyst. He joined the team in 2001 and covered Resources, Financials and Consumer companies at various points during his time as an analyst. He joined William Blair & Company in 1999 and worked in the firm’s corporate finance group for two years. Ward is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago. Education: B.S., Finance with honors, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; M.B.A., high honors, University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Moderator: Seema Outarsingh
Manager of Advisor Solutions Sales & Service Team
William Blair

Seema Outarsingh is the Advisor Solutions group’s Manager of the Sales & Service Team. She joined the Investment Management Department in October 2010 as an Internal Sales Associate. Previously, Seema worked with high-net-worth clients in William Blair’s Private Client Advisors group. She has more than 20 years of industry experience in client relationship and business development. Seema serves on the education committee for the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation. Education: B.S., University of Cincinnati.


Title: 5 Myths to Small Cap Investing
Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour

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Investing involves risks, including the possible loss of principal. Equity securities may decline in value due to both real and perceived general market, economic, and industry conditions. Investing in smaller companies involves special risks, including higher volatility and lower liquidity. Small cap stocks are also more sensitive to purchase/sale transactions and changes in the issuer’s financial condition. These risks are intensified for investments in micro-cap companies.