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How Croma Security Solutions Group PLC (LON:CSSG) Can Impact Your Portfolio Volatility

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If you're interested in Croma Security Solutions Group PLC (LON:CSSG), then you might want to consider its beta (a measure of share price volatility) in order to understand how the stock could impact your portfolio. Volatility is considered to be a measure of risk in modern finance theory. Investors may think of volatility as falling into two main categories. The first category is company specific volatility. This can be dealt with by limiting your exposure to any particular stock. The second sort is caused by the natural volatility of markets, overall. For example, certain macroeconomic events will impact (virtually) all stocks on the market.

Some stocks see their prices move in concert with the market. Others tend towards stronger, gentler or unrelated price movements. Beta is a widely used metric to measure a stock's exposure to market risk (volatility). Before we go on, it's worth noting that Warren Buffett pointed out in his 2014 letter to shareholders that 'volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' Having said that, beta can still be rather useful. The first thing to understand about beta is that the beta of the overall market is one. A stock with a beta below one is either less volatile than the market, or more volatile but not corellated with the overall market. In comparison a stock with a beta of over one tends to be move in a similar direction to the market in the long term, but with greater changes in price.

Check out our latest analysis for Croma Security Solutions Group

What we can learn from CSSG's beta value

With a beta of 0.99, (which is quite close to 1) the share price of Croma Security Solutions Group has historically been about as voltile as the broader market. If the future looks like the past, we could therefore consider it likely that the stock price will experience share price volatility that is roughly similar to the overall market. Beta is worth considering, but it's also important to consider whether Croma Security Solutions Group is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

AIM:CSSG Income Statement, October 11th 2019
AIM:CSSG Income Statement, October 11th 2019

Does CSSG's size influence the expected beta?

Croma Security Solutions Group is a rather small company. It has a market capitalisation of UK£14m, which means it is probably under the radar of most investors. It doesn't take much money to really move the share price of a company as small as this one. That makes it somewhat unusual that it has a beta value so close to the overall market.

What this means for you:

Croma Security Solutions Group has a beta value quite close to that of the overall market. That doesn't tell us much on its own, so it is probably worth considering whether the company is growing, if you're looking for stocks that will go up more than the overall market. In order to fully understand whether CSSG is a good investment for you, we also need to consider important company-specific fundamentals such as Croma Security Solutions Group’s financial health and performance track record. I urge you to continue your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CSSG’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CSSG’s outlook.

  2. Past Track Record: Has CSSG been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of CSSG's historicals for more clarity.

  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It's worth checking to see how CSSG measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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