We use a proprietary mathematical formula to assign a Style to each company offered in the First Share program. The assigned Style takes into account a company’s dividend payment history, its relative dividend yield and its 5-year projected earnings growth rate. We then assign that company a numerical value (1-5) which are represented by the number of dark grey blocks in our style graphic. Companies that are more income-oriented -- that is, pay higher-than-average dividend yields, but are expected to grow earnings below average over the next five years -- are assigned lower values, while growth-oriented companies are assigned higher values. Growth-oriented investors should focus on companies with higher Style values, while income-oriented investors should focus on companies with lower Style values.
To assign a particular risk value to a company’s stock, we consider each company’s 52-week average Beta. Beta is simply a statistical calculation that compares the volatility of a particular company’s stock to the market as a whole. Companies with a Beta greater than 1.0 are typically considered to be more volatile that the market as a whole. For instance, if a stock has a Beta of 1.5, it is 1.5x more volatile, on average, that the overall stock market. So, if the stock market is in a general uptrend, a stock with a Beta of 1.5x could be expected to perform better than the market. On the other hand, when the stock market is in a general downtrend, this same stock could be expected to perform worse than the market.
In our Risk rating, stocks with higher 52-week Betas are assigned a higher value and, therefore, will have more green colored blocks.
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