Our primary goals are long-term, consistent investment performance and exceptional client service. We achieve these goals by maintaining a consistent process for managing risk and a complete focus on developing strong client relationships.
Sterling Capital's Equity teams manage a diverse family of products. Our investment philosophy is built on a foundation of value investing while avoiding risk to permanent capital impairment. This process helps us deliver attractive long-term risk adjusted performance.
Sterling Capital’s Equity Opportunities Team’s investment process is built upon four intuitive and time-tested pillars that have proven to be additive to long-term performance. The pillars guiding investment decisions are above average growth, above average profitability, below average valuation and stronger than average financial strength. Above all, the team uses the four pillars to adhere to its key practice of buying quality business.
Focused Factor/Behavioral Finance
Within the suite of focused factor based equity products, Sterling Capital Management employs techniques that seek to capitalize upon Behavioral Finance based principles. Investors are prone to certain biases and heuristics (mental shortcuts) that when coupled with greed, fear and ego can often lead to anomalies within the financial markets. Our investment process, with the value and momentum factors that are implemented to the portfolio construction techniques that are employed, produces strategies specifically designed to capitalize upon investor behavior.
Sterling Capital’s Fundamental Equity Team concentrates its investment strategy on stocks of small to medium-sized companies that generate strong cash flows, trade at a significant discount to intrinsic value and are well-financed. This approach creates a focused portfolio of stocks that has produced attractive risk-adjusted returns over time.
The Sterling Capital Relative Value Team manages Small Cap, Mid Cap, and Real Estate equity portfolios within a relative value framework. The team employs a combination of quantitative and fundamental research to identify stocks that are undervalued versus their peers, yet possess unique catalysts to drive potentially outsized share price appreciation. The team aims to add value primarily through positive stock selection across economic sectors while maintaining high levels of “active share.” Low historical portfolio turnover is driven by the team’s long term perspective as holdings typically possess multi-year catalysts.
Sterling Capital Announces Liquidation of the Diverse Multi-Manager Active ETF
11.29.2023 • Robert Brown, CFA®
The high-yield bond market has been having a relatively good 2023 as technicals remain firm and the feared recession has so far failed to materialize. Through mid-November, the ICE BofA U.S. High Yield Index has generated 7.8% total return year to date and a 6.4% return in excess of duration matched Treasuries. We see a mixed picture for the asset class ahead as all in yields remain attractive, while challenges are increasing as a maturity wall looms.
11.28.2023 • Charles Wittmann, CFA®
- As investors, we want our clients to have sustained success, and that means investing in dividend-paying stocks that have a capacity to pay attractive and sustainably-growing dividends. - In the current market environment, we believe those companies are becoming increasingly scarce. - Declining dividend payments in the Energy sector have been a key contributor to the overall decline in S&P 500 dividend growth and we discuss the challenges. - We prefer companies that have rising cash flows that provide more sustainable dividend growth that may position our clients for sustained success.
11.02.2023 • Andrew Richman, CTFA
Markets breathed a sigh of relief following this week's FOMC meeting as the current fed funds rate remained unchanged. Senior Fixed Income Specialist Andy Richman, CTFA, shares his views.
10.31.2023 • Charles Wittmann, CFA®
- Rising interest costs are causing companies that fund their businesses through borrowing to reassess their priorities. - By investing in quality companies that we feel generate higher-than-average returns on capital, we believe they have more control over their business and do not depend on excessive debt to fund it. - Dividend payers themselves offer evidence of financial strength and financial health by demonstrating the ability to reward their shareholders with cash proceeds from their business each quarter. - Historically, this is why dividend payers tend to outperform later in an interest rate tightening cycle, as seen in the chart above.
10.03.2023 • Charles Wittmann, CFA®
- In a period of rising interest costs, wages, and energy costs, double-digit dividend growers have outperformed in 2023. - The largest dividend growers are also outpacing high dividend yielders in 2023. - Higher dividend growers are being rewarded in part for their ability to return more cash to their shareholders than slower growth peers. - We believe owning quality companies that earn returns on capital well above their cost of capital have the potential do well in this new environment.