Set Up Your ASX Share Portfolio with 25% in small caps

25% of every share portfolio should be invested in 7-10 small caps.

It's important to firstly get the structure of your share portfolio right. Essentially half your portfolio should be invested directly in blue chips or in market based investments. Up to 25% should be in cash so you are always liquid to take advantage of buying opportunities and 25% of every portfolio should be invested in 7-10 ASX small caps to give your share portfolio the opportunity to really grow.

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Our job is to find ASX small cap stocks that we believe will give your share portfolio a boost. We give you opportunities to buy small cap stocks each week but which small caps should you actually dip into and buy?

Under the Radar Report's small cap portfolio: What do we look for?

Under the Radar Report does the hard work for you. Our independent team of experience analysts searches through the ASX listed small cap stocks to find small caps for your share portfolio. Simply read our research each week (or skip to the green block of our 'radar rating' ) to keep up to date with your small cap stocks.
Here we tell you how Under the Radar Report chooses our small cap stocks and what we look out for.

7 Steps: How we choose our Small Cap Stocks

1. Small Caps: Look for growing sectors
One of our analysts used to be a gaming analyst, rating companies that operated casinos, poker machines and wagering businesses. It became clear that no matter how good the management was, it didn't make a difference. Anti-smoking laws and a general crackdown via increased regulation by the state of gambling meant that the profits of the whole industry were contracting. It is always good to have a top down view of things.

2. Small Caps: Cash is king
In the financial crisis it was obvious, but the rule always applies: Cash is king. No matter how rosy the investment climate may look, it is important to look at the balance sheet to see what financial engineering is going on behind a company's returns. If you are in an investment for the long term, you want to be sure that the assets the company lists can be sold and that it is producing a solid amount of cash after paying for its day to day requirements as well as those necessary to ensure its profits grow in the future.

The ratios we like to look at include a company's book value (its net assets), its forecast price earnings ratio – with an emphasis on the E in PE, and the amount of interest it is forecast to pay, relative to its earnings before interest payments and tax.

In the case of mining companies and biotechs, there is a different orientation. Here we look at the cash burn rate and what the likelihood of raising capital is. Raising equity isn't the worst thing in the world, but you want to know that there are performance hurdles the company will meet in the near term that will help raise investor sentiment (meaning its share price). Also, a clear understanding of when the company will be cash flow positive and not need any more cash injections is critical.

3. Small Caps: Look at the Small Cap share price and chart
The chart. The graph of a company's share price always tells an interesting story. Although the small cap share chart won't tell you how to invest for the long term, it gives the best idea of the sentiment that any given stock/sector/market has experienced over differing time frames. This is a big aid in timing a decision to jump into or out of a company and whether it is regarded overall as a consistent performer by the investment community.

Our small cap analysts, or for other investors who are looking to delve a little further look at the beta of a company, that is, how it is correlated against the market. But I believe that the one-year and five-year charts are good enough indicators of investor sentiment.

Under the Radar gives you clear Buy, Sell and Hold recommendations for all our small cap stocks. Each week we tell you which stocks have changed recommendation so it is very easy to keep up to date and to take action when you need to.

4. Small Caps: Management is important
Whether talking to management or not, it is important to gauge their performance. A small cap investor needs coherent explanations of past performance as well as what their plans are for the future. Management needs to both talk the talk and walk the walk.

Our analysts interview management of the small cap stocks we cover.

5. Small Caps: Bull Points/Bear Points
What are the positives and negatives of the small company from an investors perspective? Our analysts are independent and Under the Radar Report does not take leads or publish PR! Our analysis is all from the ground up and we write the bull and bear points objectively.

6. Small Caps: Valuation methodologies
For an investor, everything really comes down to this. Having a clear idea of what a company's valuation is makes it easier to make buy and sell decisions. Our decisions are assisted using valuation methodologies such as price earnings multiples and analysing the present day value of near-term forecast cash flows.

7. Small Caps: Where is the Catalyst? 
What will happen in the future that will lead to a stock moving towards the valuation we have chosen? Underlying this is the primacy of timing. In investing timing is important, although rarely do people get it right. We have a belief that the main thing to do is to buy and hold. Patience is one of the biggest virtues and investor can have.

At Under the Radar Report our team of experienced small cap equity analysts do the hard work of sifting through the ASX for small companies that we believe are a strong investment. We then research and analyse the company's financials looking at the seven steps above before we recommend and ASX listed small cap to our subscribers.

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