Written by David Fabian, September 05th, 2017
Most ETF portfolios I look through are heavily weighted towards large-cap stocks as the fundamental building blocks of an equity allocation. Those who might have a higher risk tolerance or seek greater diversification qualities may also own some small cap exposure as a component of their investment strategy as well. Because of this barbell type positioning, the most easily overlooked area is the middle ground known as mid-cap stocks.
Investopedia defines mid-cap stocks as those companies with market capitalizations between $2-$10 billion. While those are fair guidelines, in practice there are many indexes that stretch the bounds of their capitalization requirements to even wider ranges. Much of this is likely due to the extreme range of the large-cap group, which stretch from a lower bound of $10+ billion all the way to upwards of $800 billion at present market conditions.