Seek Long-Term Appreciation by Identifying Companies with:
- Above Average Earnings Growth
- Attractive Valuation
- Strong Balance Sheets
- Skilled Management
- Above Average Return on Capital
- Internal Screens and External Sources Used to Identify Investment Candidates
- Team-Based Approach to Fundamental Research
- Valuation Assessed Relative to Historical Range, Industry Peers, Growth Rate, and the Market
|Term||QTR||YTD||1 Year||3 Years||5 Years||10 Years||Since Inception1|
|Special Opportunities SMA (Gross)||9.79||15.20||17.63||15.09||10.11||12.05||11.20|
|Special Opportunities SMA (Net)||9.00||13.54||14.24||11.76||6.92||8.81||7.97|
The composite inception date is 12.31.2000. Effective 06.30.2023, the net of fee performance reflects the deduction of the maximum SMA bundled fee of 3.00% annually for all periods presented. Actual fees may vary by size and type of portfolio. Performance is preliminary and is annualized for periods longer than one year. Net of fees performance returns are presented net of the SMA bundled fee, which includes all charges for trading costs, advisory services, portfolio management, custody and other administrative fees. “Pure” Gross of fees performance returns do not reflect the deduction of any fees including trading costs: a client’s return will be reduced by the management fees and other expenses it may incur. Investment management fees are described in Sterling’s Form ADV 2A. Performance reflects the reinvestment of interest income and dividends and realized capital gains. The performance presented represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Performance is compared to an index: however, the volatility of an index varies greatly and investments cannot be made directly in an index. Market conditions vary from year to year and can result in a decline in market value due to material market or economic conditions. Sources: Russell Investments; Sterling Capital Management Analytics. Please refer to the GIPS Composite Report on the Fact Sheet linked above for additional disclosures.
Special Opportunities SMA
09.21.2023 • Andrew Richman, CTFA
While the Federal Reserve (Fed) met expectations with a pause/skip this meeting, the real story was the upward movement in both the Fed Funds rate this year and next year. The consensus is now for one more 25 basis point hike in 2023 with the Fed funds rate median at 5.60%.
09.07.2023 • Shane Burke
An Updated Look at the FOMC and Yield Curve
09.06.2023 • Charles Wittmann, CFA®
- One of the risks in seeking higher dividend yields in non-financial companies can be the increased balance sheet leverage that correlates with higher dividend yield. - For many companies, the cost of this leverage is rising with interest rates, potentially placing pressure on cash flows to pay future dividends as interest expense may take a greater share of corporate cash flow. - We believe that owning stocks with strong balance sheets has the potential to minimize this risk as we endeavor to generate attractive above-average total returns with below-average risk for clients.
08.02.2023 • Andrew Richman, CTFA
Fitch Lowers Long-Term U.S. Debt Rating from AAA to AA+
08.01.2023 • Charles Wittmann, CFA®
- What are the investing environment conditions that can cause dividend payers to lag on a short-term basis? - Looking back at Bloomberg data over the past twenty years, when dividend payers outperformed the Russell 1000 Value, non-earners underperformed and vice versa (56% of the time). - Over the twenty year period, dividend payer’s quarterly outperformance outweighed underperformance in contrast to non-earners. - In our quest to generate above-average returns with below-average risk for our clients, our approach is to take advantage of the long-term benefits of dividend payers that grow their dividends and seek to create value now and in the future.
07.25.2023 • Andrew DiZio, CFA®
Over the last 15 months, the Federal Reserve (Fed) has meaningfully raised the benchmark fed funds rate in an effort to tamp down inflation. The Fed paused its hiking campaign during the June meeting, but issued an outlook suggesting additional rate increases are to be expected. Regardless of whether the Fed has finished raising rates, we believe the end of the tightening cycle is near and view now as a prudent time to examine the performance of Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) stocks following historical periods of fed funds increases.