I recently sold my position in ZED for about a 30% loss. If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you’ll know that ZED accounts for only 0.4% of my portfolio so selling at a 30% loss will certainly not affect my portfolio in any meaningful way. However, my brief foray into speculative, cyclical, micro-caps has taught me a couple valuable lessons.
1.I should stick to large companies that I’m able to properly analyze. Before buying ZED I used the same techniques that I use for large caps. However, with small caps the earnings are often much more volatile and the accuracy of earning estimates is often low as there are usually very few analysts following each name.
2.I have been developing and using a value oriented dividend growth based investment strategy for the past 8 years that has been working successfully for me. I should stick with what I know and continue to invest in what I’m comfortable and successful at.