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Our investment philosophy is based on the view that investors make predictable, almost irrational, mistakes in assessing the future prospects of individual companies.  Notably, these inefficiencies exist throughout the broad stock market.  Hence, we can apply its singular investment philosophy, core quantitative model, and team of fundamental analysts to different populations of stocks to deliver excess return for investing clients.  In particular, our quantitative model provides a numerical ranking for each stock—a score relative to other stocks in an investible universe.  By selecting a target universe and associated benchmark, we can manage portfolios that encompass a broad spectrum of risk and return parameters.

Separate Accounts

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Notes: Morningstar’s calculation of total return is determined each month by taking the change in monthly net asset value, reinvesting all income and capital-gains distributions during that month, and dividing by the starting NAV. Reinvestments are made using the actual reinvestment NAV, and daily payoffs are reinvested monthly. Unless otherwise noted, Morningstar does not adjust total returns for sales charges (such as front-end loads, deferred loads and redemption fees), preferring to give a clearer picture of a fund’s performance. The total returns do account for management, administrative, 12b-1 fees and other costs taken out of fund assets. Total returns for periods longer than one year are expressed in terms of compounded average annual returns (also known as geometric total returns), affording a more meaningful picture of fund performance than non-annualized figures.

The Morningstar Rating uses an enhanced risk-adjusted return measure based on “expected utility theory,” which accounts for all variations in a separate account’s monthly performance, with more emphasis on downward variation. Morningstar will not calculate ratings for categories or time periods that contain fewer than five separate accounts. Each investor in the same separate account can experience slightly different total returns, because investors have different account preferences and restrictions. Therefore, all separate account performance data is reported to Morningstar as a “composite” of similarly managed portfolios. Separate accounts that do not have ratings can be divided into two groups: those that do not qualify to be rated and those that did not participate. A separate account will not get a Morningstar Rating if: It is less than three years old, the firm is not GIPS-compliant, the category contains fewer than five separate accounts that are eligible for a rating.

  • Sources of Return

    "Our process attempts to add alpha through stock selection, rather than sector “bets” against the benchmark. Thus, we have established a target number of positions for each of the sectors included in our universe."