I am a big believer in a concentrated portfolio. I think it leads to higher quality decision-making and ultimately, better companies in the portfolio. I spoke with Morningstar Canada recently and emphasized this during a wide-ranging interview about Trimark U.S. Small Companies Class.
Many of the topics brought up in the Morningstar article are questions we often receive from advisors and investors, so I thought I’d link to the article here on our blog.
If any questions come up while you’re reading, please feel free to ask them in the comment area below.
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Note: The companies mentioned in the article above were selected for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to convey specific investment advice.
Trimark U.S. Small Companies Class, Series A provided the following performance returns as at April 30, 2013: 1-year, 17.51%; 3-year, 13.65%; 5-year, 11.96%; 10-year, 8.37%.
Trimark U.S Small Companies Class, Series A (U.S Small/ Mid Cap Equity category): overall 4 stars; 3-year, 4 stars (79 funds); 5-year, 5 stars (67 funds); 10-year 4 stars (39 funds).
As at March 31, 2013.
The Morningstar Risk-Adjusted RatingTM, commonly referred to as the Star Rating, relates the risk-adjusted performance of a fund to that of its category peers. Morningstar Research Inc., an independent research firm, calculates ratings only for categories that contain at least five funds with sufficient history. To determine a fund’s rating, the fund is typically ranked by its three-, five- and 10-year returns measured against 91-day Treasury bill and peer group returns. If a fund scores in the top 10% of its fund category, it receives five stars (High); if it falls in the next 22.5%, it receives four stars (Above Average); a place in the middle 35% earns a fund three stars (Neutral or Average); those in the next 22.5% receive two stars (Below Average); and the lowest 10% get one star (Low). Morningstar also accounts for instances where a fund is sold in multiple versions (corporate class, trust, F-class, etc.). In order to prevent one fund from unfairly taking up many places in a portion of the ratings scale, Morningstar treats multiple versions of a fund as “fractional funds”. The multiple versions of a fund are all rated, but they collectively count as one and so leave more room for other deserving funds. The overall Star Rating for a fund is a weighted combination of its three-, five- and 10-year ratings. Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Ratings are subject to change monthly. For greater detail on the calculation of the Morningstar Star Ratings, you may visit Morningstar’s website (www.morningstar.ca).