Simplify your Allocation

September 2023

A single global equity portfolio may be all the exposure you need

30 years ago, equities were a complicated asset class, but today, there is a much wider opportunity set of more complex and illiquid alternatives. In that case, simplifying your equity allocation to a single global portfolio could free up firm resources to focus on the wider opportunity set of investments.

What to look for in a portfolio manager: Conviction

Strategies with fewer holdings typically take higher active bets per holding, meaning a good stock picker with a portfolio concentrated in high conviction names can outperform the market. The greater the number of holdings in a portfolio, the more likely it is to perform similarly to the benchmark index.

*All regionally unconstrained eVestment listed equity products that primarily invest in large capitalization stocks regardless of the style (growth, value, or core) focus.

What to look for in a portfolio manager: Breadth of investmentimage-png-Dec-07-2023-08-46-15-1454-PM-1

The famous Fundamental Law of Active Management states very simply that a manager’s performance is a product of their skill and the number of stocks they consider for investment, squared. One important lesson from the law is that, theoretically, every manager can improve their performance by increasing the number of stocks in their investment universe.

Why Invest

Global Select Dividend "GSD" is a concentrated, low-turnover, high active share equity strategy. GSD seeks to offer current income and income growth, as well as capital appreciation with less risk than the broader equity market by investing in companies with the following characteristics:

Blue Chip: Focus on high-quality, defensive companies with ample cash flows and consistent above-average levels of return on investment

Capital Discipline: Target capital disciplined companies with ability to sustain and grow dividends

Attractive Valuations: Seek capital appreciation potential by investing in companies trading at 
a discount to intrinsic value

  • Inception Date: 12/31/2010
  • Accessibility: SMA
  • Minimum Investment: $250,000
  • Number of Holdings: 25-35


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Richard C. Grinold, Ronald N. Kahn Active Portfolio Management (2nd ed.), McGraw-Hill, New York (2000)

*Past performance does not guarantee future results.  Investing in securities involves risk, including the possibility of the loss of principal. Please see Advisory Research’s Form ADV Part II, which is available upon request, for more information. Data is presented in USD. Unless otherwise noted, periods over one year are annualized. Sources: Bloomberg, eVestment as of 9/30/23.

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