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For Factor Investors, It Pays to Go Small

Factor investing tends to work the best among the smallest stocks.

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A version of this August 2017 Morningstar ETFInvestor article appeared on Morningstar.com on Dec. 6, 2017. Download a complimentary copy of ETFInvestor here

Tilting toward small-cap stocks alone isn't a great way to improve long-term performance. Small-cap stocks have historically offered a small edge over their larger counterparts, but that slight return advantage hasn't been much compensation for their higher risk and decade-long stretches of underperformance.

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Alex Bryan has a position in the following securities mentioned above: XSLV, VBR. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.