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Small shareholders fall behind as big stocks struggle

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Small investors have not been able to take a trick lately. The Royal Commission into financial services has helped to depress the share prices of the big banks.

As part of the fallout from the Royal Commission, AMP's shares have come in for a particular walloping. And lower dividends and uncertainty about strategies and prospects have served to crimp the share price of Telstra.

Figures provided by Craig James, chief economist at CommSec, show the only joy among the stocks most widely held by small shareholders are Woolworths and Wesfarmers which, until November of last year, owned Coles.

After adjusting for the Coles demerger, Wesfarmers was showing a total return (share price........

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