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When considering how to invest in stocks in today's markets, "buy and hold" doesn't work anymore. The investor of today needs to be nimble, open-minded, aware of their risk tolerances, and goals; aggressive and defensive as the situation demands.
Investing in this way, flexibly, calls for the use of every single shred of ammunition available. And different order types are crucial ammunition. It's important to understand what they are, how they work, and – importantly – what goals they can accomplish for you.
This understanding is no longer optional…
But the good news is that it's easier than you might think to get started. And you'll find that your understanding can make – and save – you a lot of money. That's because using the appropriate order type in the right situation can be a powerful risk management tool… and a powerful profit engine.
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A "small-cap" stock is classified by its market capitalization (total shares outstanding multiplied by the price per share). They fall between a market cap of $250 million and $2 billion.
Small caps appeal to individual investors who are looking for the chance to find that relatively small company that's poised to be the next household name. They want to find the next Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), while it's still a small shop run out of a garage.
The key to small-cap investing is to find the catalysts, or "sparks" that very often signal an individual stock is well positioned to take off.
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Inogen CEO Raymond Huggenberger has extensive experience at improving global sales in the medical device sector. Before joining Inogen, he served as the president of Sunrise Medical LLC's European operations.
Sunrise Medical is a global leader in wheelchairs and other mobility products. While there, Huggenberger led the integration of 10 independent businesses across Europe into one streamlined organization, increasing profits by 200%.
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