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Data as of 12.31.2019
Our International Equity Strategy is an actively managed, concentrated portfolio covering both developed and emerging markets outside the U.S. Our approach is based on returns being driven by a long-term investment in companies with relatively stable and predictable earnings growth that can be sustained for extended periods of time. The strategy draws on the expertise of our boutique’s exclusive 32-strong investment team. ESG is integral to our approach given our focus on relatively stable and predictable ‘quality’ earnings growth combined with long-term holding periods. While the strategy is benchmark agnostic, performance is shown relative to the MSCI All Country World Index ex USA.
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Source: NorthernTrust. All results portrayed are expressed in U.S. dollars. Periods under one year are not annualized. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.
The composite‘s gross rates of return are presented before the deduction of investment management fees, other investment-related fees, and after the deduction of foreign withholding taxes, brokerage commissions and transaction costs. An investor’s actual return will be reduced by investment advisory fees. The composite‘s net rates of return are presented after the deduction of investment management fees, brokerage commissions, transaction costs, other investment-related fees and foreign withholding taxes. Results portrayed reflect the reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. The comparison to an index is provided for informational purposes only and should not be used as the basis for making an investment decision. There may be significant differences between the composite and the index, including but not limited to the risk profile, liquidity, volatility and asset composition. The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index consisting of securities listed on exchanges in the U.S. The index is calculated on a total return basis with dividends reinvested, but does not reflect fees, brokerage commissions or other investment expenses.
|Capitalization (US$ bn), weighted avg||123.1|
|P/E - Forecast 12-month, weighted harmonic avg||22.3|
|Dividend Yield (%)||1.4|
|5 Yr Historical EPS Growth (%)||13.8|
|Return on Equity, weighted avg (%)||22.0|
|Annualized Standard Deviation||11.1|
|Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.||3.6|
|Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.||3.4|
|Wolters Kluwer NV||3.4|
|Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.||3.1|
|HDFC Bank Limited||3.0|
|% in Top 10 Holdings||33.6|
1 Based on a representative portfolio and shown as supplemental information to the composite presentation. Other accounts contained in the composite could have materially different statistics. The basis for which the representative portfolio was selected is that the portfolio is the oldest and most representative account. The securities identified and described do not represent all of the securities purchased, sold or recommended for client accounts. The reader should not assume that an investment in the securities identified was or will be profitable.
2 Based on gross performance of the U.S. Equity Composite. The composite‘s gross rates of return are presented before the deduction of investment management fees, other investment-related fees, and after the deduction of foreign withholding taxes, brokerage commissions and transaction costs. An investor’s actual return will be reduced by investment advisory fees.
3 The top 10 holdings are based on a representative portfolio, and are shown as supplemental information to the International Equity Composite. The securities identified and described do not represent all of the securities purchased, sold or recommended for client accounts. The reader should not assume that an investment in the securities identified was or will be profitable.
Source: FactSet. Data is based on a representative portfolio and shown as supplemental information to the composite presentation. Other accounts contained in the composite could have materially different statistics. The basis for which the representative portfolio was selected is that the portfolio is the oldest and most representative account.
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