The Best Opportunity
Is Rarely the Obvious One

See how the short-term focus of other investors creates opportunities in small-cap stocks. Also, discover how the market’s lack of understanding of active currency management and the impact of global monetary easing creates alpha potential for macro investors.

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Our portfolio managers and analysts discuss differentiated approaches to pursuing alpha in small caps and macro investing.

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Finding Opportunities in Small Cap

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Small-cap stocks can be underappreciated by investors due to a short term focus, lack of understanding, and/or lack of information, which create opportunities to add alpha.

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Finding Opportunities in Small Cap

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Small-cap stocks can be underappreciated by investors due to a short term focus, lack of understanding, and/or lack of information, which create opportunities to add alpha.

We’re willing to look beyond 90-day reporting increments and more toward 3-, 4-, or 5-year timeframes when we’re trying to ascertain how large a company’s earnings stream can grow.

Corey Tobin, Partner
Research Analyst, U.S. Growth Equity Team

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Active Currency:
The “Forgotten” Alpha

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Active currency management is one of the most misunderstood and unrecognized components of investment management, offering significant potential alpha and diversification benefits.

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Active Currency: The “Forgotten” Alpha

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Active currency management is one of the most misunderstood and unrecognized components of investment management, offering significant potential alpha and diversification benefits.

We separate the currency decision from the asset decision and by doing that we are able to add return and generate excess value in a way that can be diversifying to the whole.

Tom Clarke, Partner
Portfolio Manager, Dynamic Allocation Strategies Team

REVERSION TO FUNDAMENTAL VALUE
Half-Life of Price Reversion to Value (in Years)

Source: William Blair. Half-life reversion to value is shown based on a 40-year observation period ended April 2014.

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Monetary Policy: Navigating a Troop of Gorillas

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Global central banks are like a troop of 800-pound gorillas harassing capital markets with their coordinated easy monetary policies. Their influence creates significant risks, but also reveals significant opportunities.

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Monetary Policy: Navigating a Troop of Gorillas

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Global central banks are like a troop of 800-pound gorillas harassing capital markets with their coordinated easy monetary policies. Their influence creates significant risks, but also reveals significant opportunities.

Central bank monetary easing has led to a very low volatility, high risky asset return environment and that creates complacency among investors.

Brian Singer, CFA, Partner
Head of Dynamic Allocation Strategies Team

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SMALL CAP GROWTH

DYNAMIC DIVERSIFIED ALLOCATION

SMALL-MID CAP GROWTH

GLOBAL DIVERSIFIED RETURN

MACRO ALLOCATION

ABSOLUTE RETURN CURRENCY

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