Maria’s Note: Today, we’re handing the reins once again to Rogue Economics friend Kris Sayce.

In the last two essays we shared from Kris, he told us about the “Big Switch” he sees coming… And how to use the “10×10 Approach” to investing to help grow your wealth.

Below, Kris takes it a step further – with some practical examples you can use to start building your own diversified portfolio…

Earlier this week, we wrote to you about the “Big Switch.”

That’s the idea that money will begin moving from large- and mega-cap stocks to small-cap stocks…

And that investors will see limited opportunities in mega-billion-dollar market cap stocks…

And when they do, they’ll look for opportunities elsewhere.


Small caps.

That’s our bet, anyway. Could we be wrong? Of course. It wouldn’t be the first time!

So, is the “Big Switch” already underway?

And, regardless, where should you start building your small-cap exposure as you lighten up your large- and mega-cap stocks?

We’ll share an idea or two today…

Fill Out Your “10×10” Grid

Remember to look back at our previous issues of the Daily over the past two or three weeks.

We’ve discussed not just the “Big Switch,” but also the idea of using the “10×10 Approach” to help grow your wealth.

As a recap, the 10×10 Approach simply involves dividing your investable wealth into 10 groups of up to 10 stocks in each.

You may have one group of dividend stocks… another with tech stocks… another with real estate investment trusts (REITs)… another with biotech stocks… and so on.

You can set up your own grid using an Excel spreadsheet. Or if you’re old-school, write it out in a notebook:


And don’t be afraid to use some trial and error until you’re happy with your investments.

You see, it’s quite simple.

The thing is, where do you begin?

That’s pretty simple too. First, look at your current portfolio… which, right now, probably just looks like a long list of stocks in your brokerage account.

But instead of looking at them like that, start grouping them. Create your groups… Or start with ours first, and then adapt and improve once you get the hang of it.

That’s the first part. Now for the next part.

Our guess is that once you’ve filled in your grid, you’ll have a bunch of gaps. Some rows may be full. Others may be bereft.

Perhaps you already have 10-15 dividend-paying stocks. Maybe you only have two gold stocks… or none at all.

Here’s where we pause…

Don’t just go and buy a bunch of stocks all at once! That’s not how to play this. The idea is to build each of your rows – or columns, depending on how you’ve structured it – over time.

As another example, right now could be a great time to buy gold stocks but a terrible time to buy tech. In which case you’ll divert more of your capital to the gold stocks now and wait a while before buying more tech.

If you already have stocks in some of your categories, that’s a great start. It will be much easier to build that out. Let’s use the gold stocks category as an example.

If you already own Barrick Gold (GOLD) and Newmont (NEM), just look for similar stocks. Those are two of the biggest you can get, so anything else you add will be smaller – that’s a good thing.

If one of your newsletter subscriptions doesn’t recommend gold stocks… Find one that does! Or do your own research. That can be as basic as looking at something like Yahoo Finance.

When you type a ticker in Yahoo Finance to display a stock, on the right of the screen it will display a box with other suggested stocks, like below…

We typed in Newmont, and it showed us five other gold-related stocks:


Source: Yahoo Finance

What a great and easy way to start looking around for ideas. Again, we’re not saying you should just go ahead and buy these other five stocks… We’re just saying this is another starting point for you.

Now go ahead and do that with other stocks you own. See what similar stocks crop up. Make a list. By the time you’ve finished making your list, you may have 15 or 20 stocks for each of your categories.

Then you just need to narrow them down. Do your own research… Check out the recommendations in our newsletters.

In no time, you’ll be well on your way to building out your portfolio.


Kris Sayce
Editor, Legacy Research Group