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Small funds of exceptional merit

Northern Global Tactical Asset Allocation (BBALX), March 2015

Objective The fund seeks a combination of growth and income. Northern Trust’s Investment Policy Committee develops tactical asset allocation recommendations based on economic factors such as GDP and inflation; fixed-income market factors such as sovereign yields, credit spreads and currency trends; and stock market factors such as domestic and foreign earnings growth and valuations. The […]

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Pinnacle Value (PVFIX), March 2015

Objective Pinnacle Value seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing in small- and micro-cap stocks that it believes trade at a discount to underlying earnings power or asset values. It might also invest in companies undergoing unpleasant corporate events (companies beginning a turnaround, spin-offs, reorganizations, broken IPOs) as well as illiquid investments. It also buys convertible […]

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Osterweis Strategic Investment (OSTVX)      

Objective and strategy The fund pursues the reassuring objective of long-term total returns and capital preservation. The plan is to shift allocation between equity and debt based on management’s judgment of the asset class which offers the best risk-return balance. Equity can range from 25 – 75% of the portfolio, likewise debt. Both equity and […]

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Pear Tree Polaris Foreign Value Small Cap (QUSOX/QUSIX), February 2015

Objective and strategy The managers pursue long-term growth of capital and income by investing in a fairly compact portfolio of international small cap stocks. Their goal is to find the most undervalued streams of sustainable cash flow that they can. The managers start with quantitative screens to establish country and industry rankings, then a second […]

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RiverPark Large Growth (RPXFX/RPXIX), January 2015

Objective and strategy The fund pursues long-term capital appreciation by investing in large cap growth stocks, which it defines generously as those with capitalizations over $5 billion. The manager describes his style as having a “value orientation toward growth.” Their discipline combines a macro-level sensitivity to the effects of powerful and enduring secular changes and […]

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Polaris Global Value (PGVFX), December 2014

Objective and strategy Polaris Global Value attempts to provide above average return by investing in companies with potentially strong sustainable free cash flow or undervalued assets. Their goal is “to invest in the most undervalued companies in the world.” They combine quantitative screens with Graham and Dodd-like fundamental research. The fund is diversified across country, […]

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FPA Paramount (FPRAX), November 2014

Objective and Strategy The FPA Global Value Strategy will seek to provide above-average capital appreciation over the long term while attempting to minimize the risk of capital losses by investing in well-run, financially robust, high-quality businesses around the world, in both developed and emerging markets. The portfolio holds between 25-50 stocks, 33 at present. As […]

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Matthews Asia Strategic Income (MAINX), September 2014

We’ve published several profiles of MAINX.  for background, our February 2013 profile is here. Objective and Strategy MAINX seeks total return over the long term with an emphasis on income. The fund invests in income-producing securities including, but not limited to, debt and debt-related instruments issued by government, quasi-governmental and corporate bonds, dividend-paying stocks and […]

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Akre Focus (AKREX), September 2014

Objective The fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing, mostly, in US stocks of various sizes and in “other equity-like instruments.”  The manager looks for companies with good management teams (those with “a history of treating public shareholders like partners”), little reliance on debt markets and above-average returns on equity. Once they find such companies, […]

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Guinness Atkinson Global Innovators (IWIRX), August 2014

Objective and strategy The fund seeks long term capital growth through investing in what they deem to be 30 of the world’s most innovative companies. They take an eclectic approach to identifying global innovators. They read widely (for example Fast Company and MIT’s Technology Review, as well as reports from the Boston Consulting Group and […]

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