Alma Glenmede US Large Cap Growth Equity Fund
- Alma Glenmede US Large Cap Growth Equity Fund aims to achieve above-benchmark long-term return through capital appreciation of US large cap growth stocks, and by limiting downside risk.
- The fund’s management is delegated to Glenmede Investment Management LP
Cumulative Performance (%)
Fund Inception 12 January 2018
The performance data shown represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. The investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.
Strategy & Manager
Investment objective: to achieve above-benchmark long-term return through capital appreciation of undervalued US large cap growth stocks, and by limiting downside risk
- Investment strategy based on valuation, fundamental, earnings and technical characteristics
- Quantitatively-based investment process with stringent risk controls
- Focuses on underperformance risk as much as out performance opportunity
- Portfolio of typically 60-90 names
Portfolio managed by Glenmede Investment Management LP, a Philadelphia based SEC regulated investment manager with over $15bn AUM, part of the Glenmede group (approx. $40 bn in assets).
- 48 employees, all located in Philadelphia, PA
- 25 investment professionals; senior portfolio managers with an average 25 years of experience, including 15 years at Glenmede
- Vladimir de Vassal, director of Quantitative Research for Glenmede Investment Management LP, leads the team managing Glenmede’s quantitatively based equity portfolios, including the Large Cap Growth strategy
Vladimir de Vassal, CFA Director of Quantitative Research
Mr. de Vassal leads the team managing Glenmede’s quantitatively based equity portfolios, including the Large Cap Core strategy, and provides proprietary research and analytical support to a range of domestic and International funds, private equity, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and high-net-worth clients of the Glenmede Trust Company.
Mr. de Vassal joined Glenmede in 1998, after serving in senior analytical positions with CoreStates Investment Advisors and CoreStates Financial. He received a B.S. with highest honors from Drexel University in 1982, majoring in both Finance and Accounting. He received his M.B.A., with concentration in Investment Management, from Drexel University in 1987, and earned his Chartered Financial Analyst® designation in 1992. Mr. de Vassal is a member of the CFA Institute.
Paul T. Sullivan, CFA Portfolio Manager
Mr. Sullivan manages the Glenmede Large Cap Core and Large Cap Growth mutual funds, as well as separate accounts for institutional clients. His responsibilities also include analysis utilizing Glenmede’s quantitative stock selection models, and their continuing enhancement.
Mr. Sullivan joined Glenmede from SEI Investments in 1994. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University, and his M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, and is a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia and the CFA Institute.
Alexander R. Atanasiu, CFA Portfolio Manager, Quantitative Equity Officer
Mr. Atanasiu’s responsibilities include Glenmede’s proprietary stock ranking screening tools, multifactor stock optimizations, leading indicator analysis, and development of quantitative analytical tools for analysts and portfolio managers. He also provides support for the management of several of Glenmede’s quantitatively-based equity strategies, including long/short funds.
Mr. Atanasiu joined Glenmede in 2005. He holds dual degrees in engineering and physics from Swarthmore College, and received his M.B.A. with distinction from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with concentrations in quantitative finance and business analytics. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst® designation in 2009.
Statistics & Commentary
The performance data shown represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. The investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.
Sector Breakdown as a % of AUM
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Top 10 Position Details
Investment Manager's Commentaryas of 31/01/2020
Market Review and Outlook
The latest U.S. real GDP estimate for 4th Quarter was 2.1% versus 2.1% for 3rd Qtr 2019. Relative to the third quarter, the fourth quarter reflected higher government spending and lower imports offset by slower growth in personal consumption expenditures (1.7% vs. 3.2% in 3Q) and decrease in private inventory investment. Domestic growth has been supported by high employment, positive consumer sentiment and deregulation. Many economists had projected positive real GDP growth of 1.5%-2.5% for 2020 and 2021. However, the spread of Covid-19 is likely to have significant impacts on U.S. and global growth in the second and third quarters. Currently, our industry group indicators reflect overweightings in financials/industrials/communications and underweightings in consumer staples/utilities stocks. Looking forward, after the negative effects from Covid-19, we expect a normalization of market volatility and positive economic growth. We believe this strategy will be well positioned with its multifactor approach favoring stocks with cheaper valuations, stronger fundamentals, positive earnings/revenue estimate trends and attractive technicals.
For February 2020, S&P 500 and Russell 1000 Growth Indexes had total returns of about -8.2% and -6.8%, respectively. After reaching a record high on February 19, the S&P 500 fell by about -12.7% as investor fear increased in response to the spread of Covid-19. During February, market volatility (VIX>40) increased by over 110% and the 10-year Treasury yield fell from 1.5% to 1.1%. The best performing sectors in the Russell 1000 Growth Index were real estate (-3.7%) and communication services (-4.9%). The worst performing sectors were energy (-11.1%) and industrials (-9.3%). The Russell 1000 Growth Index (-6.8%) outperformed the Russell 1000 Value Index (-9.7%) by +2.9%. The strategy had mixed performance from multi-factor stock selection models, with unfavorable impacts from valuation-based factors and favorable contributions from fundamental/estimate-based/technical metrics. The strategy reflected stock selection outperformance in 4 of 9 sectors. The most positive relative contributions were in the health care and industrial sectors. The most negative relative contributions were in the information technology and communication service sectors. The cap-weighted index outperformed the average stock in the index (-7.7%) by about +.9%. At the end of February, the 5 largest companies (MSFT, AAPL, AMZN, GOOGs & FB) represented about 30.8% of the Russell 1000 Growth Index. The strategy limits individual stock holdings to a maximum 3% weight to control stock specific risk. Targeted industry group biases had minor effects on performance from relative overweightings in Health Care/Financials offset by underweightings in Consumer Discretionary/Staples stocks.
Facts & Documents
Fund Domicile: Luxembourg
Fund Type: UCITS SICAV
Fund Launch: 12 January 2018
Base Currency: USD
Depositary, Administrator, Transfert Agent: BNP Paribas Securities Services (LU)
Dealing: Each day with a 1-day notice
Cut-off time: 12 pm CET
Management Company: Alma Capital Investment Management
Investment Manager: Glenmede Investment Management LP (US)
Fund Managers: Vladimir de Vassal , Paul T Sullivan Alexander R. Atanasiu
Countries where the fund is registered:
Institutional USD Capitalisation share class
ISIN: LU1687386091 Ticker: AGULCIA LX Launch: 12 Jan 2018
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