Small-Cap Shale for Aggressive Investors

I am by nature a conservative investor. Most of my portfolio is in value stocks with some growth potential, income producing vehicles like MLPs and a good dose of cash after taking some profits after the huge rally of the last six months.

My biggest position in 2011 was Microsoft (MSFT), acquired when it was under $25 early in the year. I do have 10% to 15% of my portfolio allocated to aggressive, small-cap picks and it is by far the most enjoyable part of my investments to manage. The 30% gain I had last year in MSFT provided the biggest part of my portfolio's performance, but I much rather talk of some of my small-cap picks that doubled, even if they provided much less of a boost to overall performance than Microsoft. I think this is simple human nature....424 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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