How Hunt Companies Finance Trust, Inc. (NYSE:HCFT) Can Impact Your Portfolio Volatility

If you own shares in Hunt Companies Finance Trust, Inc. (NYSE:HCFT) then it’s worth thinking about how it contributes to the volatility of your portfolio, overall. In finance, Beta is a measure of volatility. Modern finance theory considers volatility to be a measure of risk, and there are two main types of price volatility. The first type is company specific volatility. Investors use diversification across uncorrelated stocks to reduce this kind of price volatility across the portfolio. 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. Some investors use beta as a measure of how much a certain stock is impacted by market risk (volatility). While we should keep in mind that Warren Buffett has cautioned that ‘Volatility is far from synonymous with risk’, beta is still a useful factor to consider. To make good use of it you must first know 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.

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What HCFT’s beta value tells investors

Looking at the last five years, Hunt Companies Finance Trust has a beta of 1.35. The fact that this is well above 1 indicates that its share price movements have shown sensitivity to overall market volatility. If this beta value holds true in the future, Hunt Companies Finance Trust shares are likely to rise more than the market when the market is going up, but fall faster when the market is going down. Beta is worth considering, but it’s also important to consider whether Hunt Companies Finance Trust is growing earnings and revenue. You can take a look for yourself, below.

NYSE:HCFT Income Statement, May 17th 2019
NYSE:HCFT Income Statement, May 17th 2019

Does HCFT’s size influence the expected beta?

Hunt Companies Finance Trust is a noticeably small company, with a market capitalisation of US$82m. Most companies this size are not always actively traded. It takes less money to influence the share price of a very small company. This may explain the excess volatility implied by this beta value.

What this means for you:

Beta only tells us that the Hunt Companies Finance Trust share price is sensitive to broader market movements. This could indicate that it is a high growth company, or is heavily influenced by sentiment because it is speculative. Alternatively, it could have operating leverage in its business model. Ultimately, beta is an interesting metric, but there’s plenty more to learn. This article aims to educate investors about beta values, but it’s well worth looking at important company-specific fundamentals such as Hunt Companies Finance Trust’s financial health and performance track record. I highly recommend you dive deeper by considering the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HCFT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HCFT’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has HCFT 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 HCFT’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other Interesting Stocks: It’s worth checking to see how HCFT measures up against other companies on valuation. You could start with this free list of prospective options.

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