This ETF is linked to an index which tracks the performance of small cap U.S. stocks. The investment thesis behind a small cap investment is the growth factor that comes along with these securities. While mega cap firms have already hit their peak, many of these companies may be well on their way to becoming the next large cap, and this product gives investors access to over 600 of them. The downside to small cap investing is that these companies carry a fair amount of risk; because they are so small, the slightest change in regulations or anything specific to an individual company could send share prices plummeting. While some exposure to these small companies is healthy for a portfolio, the allocation should be kept low as this ETF will likely exhibit a high amount of volatility as well as being incredibly risky. IJR tends to spread its investments across several market sectors, though it slightly favors the technology and industrial segments. This fund will make for a good investment for traders looking for growth and are aware of the risks that come along with investing in a small cap ETF.
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