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Small-cap stocks can shine in a recession

Nov 23, 2023

Redacción Mapfre

Redacción Mapfre

Jonathan Boyar, director of Boyar Value Group and advisor to the MAPFRE AM US Forgotten Value Fund From a valuation standpoint, small-cap value shares are far and away the cheapest U.S. stocks. While large-cap growth shares (led by the Magnificent Seven group of tech stocks) are trading 36% above their 20-year average price/earnings multiple, JP Morgan reports that small-cap value is selling 14% below its 20-year average. The Russell 2000, a basket of smaller-cap companies, has been in a bear market since peaking in late 2021. It has since trailed the Russell 1000, which indexes larger-cap stocks, by about 20 full percentage points.

Many factors could help explain the short-term underperformance of small-cap shares, including rising interest rates, History suggests that leadership of the stock market could soon pass from large-caps to small-caps—especially if an economic slowdown lies ahead.

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MAPFRE’s growing commitment to the best financial agents

MAPFRE’s growing commitment to the best financial agents

MAPFRE’s most valuable asset is its extensive network of agents in the markets it operates in. The Group has the largest distribution network in Spain in terms of size and capacity—part of the company’s DNA when it comes to the insurance business. .

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