Large-cap equities: The case for a defensive approach

Stretched valuations. Weak earnings growth. Range-bound markets.

Listen as Portfolio Manager Ty Nutt explains why these and other factors are leading his team to emphasize quality and remain defensive.


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The views expressed represent the Manager’s assessment of the market environment as of August 2013, and should not be considered a recommendation to buy, hold, or sell any security, and should not be relied on as research or investment advice.

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Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.

Holding a relatively concentrated portfolio of a limited number of securities may increase risk because each investment has a greater effect on the Fund’s overall performance than would be the case for a more diversified fund.

Value investing focuses on buying stocks that are trading at bargain prices based on fundamental analysis, then holding them until they become fully valued. Typically, value investors select securities with lower-than-average price-to-book or price-to-earnings ratios and/or high dividend yields.

Quantitative easing is a government monetary policy used to increase the money supply by buying government securities or other securities from the market. Quantitative easing increased the money supply by flooding financial institutions with capital in an effort to promote increased lending and liquidity.

GDP is a measure of all goods and services produced in the country.

S&P 500 companies are those 500 mostly large-cap stocks weighted by market value that make up the S&P 500 Index. The S&P 500 Index is often used to represent performance of the U.S. stock market.

Price-Earnings ratio (P/E ratio) is a valuation ratio of a company’s current share price compared to its per-share earnings. Generally a high P/E ratio means that investors are anticipating higher growth in the future.

Price-Book ratio (P/B ratio) compares a stock’s market value to its book value.

Operating cash flow (OCF) is a measure of the amount of cash generated by a company's normal business operations. OCF is important because it indicates whether a company is able to generate sufficient positive cash flow to maintain and grow its operations, or whether it may require external financing. OCF is calculated by adjusting net income for items such as depreciation, changes to accounts receivable and changes in inventory.

Dividend yield is a financial ratio that shows how much a company pays out in dividends each year relative to its share price. Of course, there is no guarantee that dividend-paying stocks will continue to pay dividends.

An exchange-traded fund is a security that represents all the stocks on a given exchange. ETF shares can be bought, sold, short-sold, traded on margin, and generally function as if they were stocks.

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