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Cathy Smart and the investment analysts at 401k Forum help you get down to the basics with this article about the different asset classes.

Correct answer: (c) basics

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Asset classes are the categories that your different investments fall into — such as cash, bonds, large-cap stocks, small-cap stocks, and international stocks.

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Studies have shown that the key to successful investing is to spread your wealth among different asset classes.

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Market capitalization (market cap) is a measure of the size and value of a company; to determine this, you simply multiply the number of the company's outstanding shares of stock by the market price of one share.

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Market capitalization is important because history has shown us that the stocks of companies with different market caps behave differently in terms of return and risk.

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Cap-size shift: mid-cap stocks may have once been defined as large cap, but fell out of favor with investors.

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Mid-cap stock performance usually falls somewhere in between the returns of their large- and small-cap counterparts.

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However, mid- and small-cap stock returns tend to be more volatile than the returns of large-cap stocks.

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If a smaller company loses a few key executives, or if the economy takes a turn for the worse, it only takes a few nervous investors to cause the stock to drop drastically.

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Diversification can reduce your risk and help protect your investment: if one asset class in your portfolio is performing poorly, there's a chance that another asset class within your portfolio will be performing well.

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