Quite recently, the market NYSE OTB small cap stocks Forex have been compared to large stocks as a viable investment alternative. We may all feel we have at least a general grasp of the stock market and how large stocks work, but what exactly are “small cap stocks” and how do they compare with large stocks?

Small cap stocks are defined differently by different brokerage firms but basically a small cap stock is simply stock originating from a small company. The criteria that establishes a company as “small” is the major variable in any definition.  Some investment firms state that a company’s market value is determined to be below two billion per annum to qualify, while other firms place the threshold at 500 million per year.

As with any calculated financial risk, there are many reasons why small cap stocks can be a good investment opportunity, but there are also just as many that qualify investment in them as problematic and only to be considered with caution. .

Most important among the favorable reasons is the fact that small cap stocks offer a greater chance for growth compared to already the huge organizations trading in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).  Even large companies started off small at some point in time and good management, marketing and products have elevated them to ultimate robust financial vitality. Taking a chance on a small company’s stock can offer the opportunity to watch an investment grow over time, bringing in bigger dividends with each passing year.  The average investor’s ideal is to watch a relatively small commitment of capital grow into a healthy and steady source of income.

A prime disadvantage of investing in small cap stocks at the NYSE is that since they originate in small, new companies for the most part, the opposite outcome can occur. Long term success for any business, no matter how good the product or service is never a given and what seemed a promising investment one day can turn out to be a financial disaster on another—quite apart from how well a company is managed or a product marketed.  Another problem can be that while investing in one company, the average investor is playing a waiting game, relying benefits that may not mature any time soon. The small cap investor must be able also to withstand losses in the near term, in the hopes of gains in the far term.


It is important for any potential investor to weigh options and make decisions based not only on the type of investment under consideration, but also the affordability factor.  A balanced portfolio which combines large and small cap stocks, low, medium and high risk stocks is generally considered to be the best bet for long term stock market success.  However, not every investor can afford to commit the capital required for such a portfolio. While investment is all about risk, it should never be anything other than calculated risks that have been thoroughly researched and every scenario anticipated before funds are committed.  A general rule of thumb with any financial investment is to never invest money that you cannot ultimately afford to lose.  In the current problematic financial environment, this has never been more true.


As with any important financial decision it is not merely advised but strongly urged that potential investors avail themselves of the many sources of information and assistance in trading on the NYSE that are available. Financial planners, stock brokers and market analysis’s can all provide guidance and in our modern online age, their wisdom can be as close as the click of a mouse button away.