The Winning Strategy That Buffett Is Too Rich to Use

“If I had $10,000 to invest, I would focus on smaller companies, because there would be a greater chance that something was overlooked in that arena.” 

—Warren Buffett

Here are just three reasons why you need to hold top-flight small-cap stocks right now:

  • Higher returns: If you had invested in small-cap value stocks instead of large-cap growth from 1927 to 2010, you would be 49 times richer!
  • They’re frugal and investor-friendly: They don’t buy corporate jets and don’t pile up debt (banks won’t let them). So they must finance through the equity markets—which keeps management hyper-focused on the stock price.
  • Management has skin in the game: These small, innovative companies are run by entrepreneurs who hit paydirt only if the stock price goes up.

Small caps’ stunning growth potential is hardly a secret. Fifty years ago, Warren Buffett tapped into high-growth small-cap companies to build Berkshire Hathaway into a mammoth money-spinning machine. Today, its investment portfolio clocks in at $233 billion. Buffett’s personal net worth? A cool $60 billion.

Problem is, this strategy is useless to him now. It’s not that Buffett can’t find great small-cap stocks—far from it—but that these stocks can’t absorb the massive amount of capital that Berkshire needs to invest to move the needle on its performance.

Consider this: Even if Buffett bought every share of a $100-million company and the stock doubled, it would increase Berkshire Hathaway’s value by just 0.04%. Considering the amount of research involved and the SEC headaches of owning a controlling stake, why bother?

“The highest rates of return I’ve ever achieved were in the 1950s,” the Oracle of Omaha said back in 1999. “I killed the Dow. You ought to see the numbers. But I was investing peanuts then. It’s a huge structural advantage not to have a lot of money. I think I could make you 50% a year on $1 million. No, I know I could. I guarantee that. But you can’t compound $100 million or $1 billion at anything remotely like that rate.”

Now Buffett has to satisfy himself with slower-growing large cap stocks. But you and I don’t have to.

The Magic Formula for Big Gains in Small Caps

When looking for stocks that can score huge gains, it helps to look back and see what worked in the past. So just for kicks, I ran a screen to find the 10 biggest gainers over the past 10 years in the Russell 3000 Index (which covers 98% of the investable U.S. market).

Nine out of 10 have one thing in common: They started their epic runs as tiny companies.

But sophisticated investors like Buffett don’t stop there. The magic formula is to add value to the criteria—in other words, stocks that are sporting bargain price-to-earnings and price-to-book ratios.

Consider Monster Beverage (NasdaqGS: MNST), one of the best-performing stocks of the past decade. Back in 2002, it not only had a tiny market cap, but it was also cheap, with a p/e ratio of only 10. Cal-Maine Foods (NasdaqGS: CALM), another big winner, had a p/e of just 9.

A recent study by Ibbotson Associates tells the tale. Ibbotson’s researchers divided the entire stock market into four groups: small-cap and large-cap value, and small-cap and large-cap growth.

They then examined the 83-year period between 1927 and 2010. The results were staggering: $1 invested in small-cap value stocks grew to $49,822. The same $1 in the worst-performing group, large-cap growth stocks, was worth only $1,008, or 98% less.

As you can see from the chart below, small-cap value stocks were by far the top-performing category, at 14.1% a year over eight decades.


Compound Annual Return

$1 Invested in 1927
Worth in 2010

Small-Cap Value



Large-Cap Value



Small-Cap Growth



Large-Cap Growth



Note also that small-cap growth stocks did not outperform large-cap value stocks, so going small isn’t enough by itself. Rather, a combination of small size and value is the magic formula.

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Another thing to keep in mind is that many small-cap value stocks are cheap for a reason: their businesses are in decline. Fifty-five percent of all small-cap value stocks do worse than the market, but the group wins out anyway, because of the spectacular performance of the other 45%.

Now I want to show you how to zero in on the very best of that 45% absolutely free. And being a conservative sort, I’ll shoot for just half of the 50% Buffett insists we can make. At 25% a year, you triple your money in five years. That’s plenty good enough for me.

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