The Power of Focus

With the popularity of focused strategies on the rise, Alger recently asked Greenwich Associates to explore the appetite for and popularity of focused strategies among institutional investors, investment consultants and retail fund intermediaries. We are pleased to share with you the resulting white paper, The Power of Focus: Looking for Alpha in a Sea of Beta.


 
Key findings from the study include
  • The need for increased alpha is driving the shift toward focused strategies
  • Proponents of focused strategies believe the best way to create alpha is to invest with managers who diverge from their benchmarks and allocate to their highest conviction ideas
  • Focused strategies typically exhibited lower risk, as measured by beta and down market capture, than strategies with a larger number of stocks
     
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The Greenwich Associates 2017 Focused Strategies Study was sponsored by Fred Alger & Company, Inc. Fred Alger & Company, Inc. is not affiliated with Greenwich Associates, LLC, or its affiliates.​​​

Brochures

These product brochures provide high-level insights into Alger’s high-conviction focused portfolios.


 
Alger Small Cap Focus Brochure

This brochure provides an overview of the Small Cap Focus Strategy, including top holdings and sector weights.


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Alger Focus Equity Fund

With a focus on investing in innovation and change, this brochure provides an overview of the strategy and portfolio managers Patrick Kelly, CFA and Dr. Ankur Crawford.


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Alger SMid Cap Fund Focus Brochure

Learn about investing in a highly focused portfolio of SMid Cap companies via The Weatherbie Way in this overview brochure.


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Alger 25 Strategy Flyer

Learn about Alger 25 Strategy, a focused portfolio of approximately 25 stocks representing the highest conviction investment ideas by Alger’s research team.


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Viewpoints

Read additional thought leadership from Alger analysts and investment strategists.


 
Understanding How Skill and Opportunity Drive Outperformance

Investors continually seek investment managers with potential to outperform. However, many managers struggle to explain why they believe their investing philosophies are superior, and many investors are not sure what drives outperformance. Alger’s philosophy of investing in Positive Dynamic Change is a unique and powerful combination of two variables that we believe drive excess returns: skill and opportunity.


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Focused Portfolios: Swinging at the Right Pitches

Research suggests that managers’ highest conviction holdings outperform the more diversified fund products in which they are found. So why not cut to the chase and invest solely in portfolio managers’ best ideas? We believe research supports the merits of doing exactly that with focused portfolios.


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Media

 
The Alger Podcast: Weatherbie Specialized Growth - A Focus on 50 Stocks

In our latest podcast, Weatherbie Senior Managing Director and Director of Research, Josh Bennett discusses how the W​eatherbie Specialized Growth Strategy evolved over time to focus on 50 stocks, and how Weatherbie's team process identifies the ideal companies for the portfolio​​.


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Alger on the Record Extra: The Power of Focus

In the debut installment of Alger On the Record Extra Client Portfolio Manager Kevin Collins explores how investors might meet their growing need for alpha. Many believe that focused strategies, investment strategies containing roughly 50 or fewer securities, effectively deliver alpha potential.


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Alger on the Record: A Focused Approach to Innovation

We are in the early days of one of the most innovative times in history. Our in-depth fundamental research process focuses on investing in the companies that are capitalizing on innovation and avoiding those that are being disrupted.


Alger Capital Appreciation Focus Portfolio Manager Patrick Kelly discusses investing in innovation in this latest video in our Alger on the Record series.


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The Alger Podcast:  Small Cap Companies, Large Scale Innovations

I think most of my industry peers have been closet indexers, managing the portfolio by underweighting and overweighting the index.  I do not manage by overweighting or underweighting the benchmark.  For us, it’s all about fundamental, bottom up stock selection.  


In our latest podcast, Alger Small Cap Focus Portfolio Manager Amy Zhang discusses her optimistic outlook for small cap growth equities and why she thinks market conditions are favorable for active portfolio managers.


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Alger on the Record: The Weatherbie Way

Portfolio Manager Josh Bennett expounds on the investing principles that form the foundation of the Weatherbie way.


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Barron's: Big Ideas, Small Stocks

Alger Small Cap Focus Portfolio Manager Amy Zhang is profiled in this recent Barron's article.


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Products

Learn more about Alger focus strategies.

 
Alger Small Cap Focus

Primarily invests in a focused portfolio of approximately 50 holdings of small cap companies identified through our fundamental research as demonstrating promising growth potential.


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Alger Focus Equity Fund

Primarily invests in a focused portfolio of approximately 50 holdings of U.S. large cap companies identified through our fundamental research as demonstrating promising growth potential.


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Weatherbie Specialized Growth

Primarily invests in a focused portfolio of approximately 50 holdings of small and mid cap companies identified through our fundamental research as demonstrating promising growth potential.


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Alger 25

Primarily invests in a focused portfolio of approximately 25 holdings of companies of any capitalization identified through our fundamental research as demonstrating promising growth potential.


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The views expressed are the views of Fred Alger Management, Inc. as of March 2018. These views are subject to change at any time and they do not guarantee the future performance of the markets, any security or any funds managed by Fred Alger Management, Inc. These views are not meant to provide investment advice and should not be considered a recommendation to purchase or sell securities.

Risk Disclosure: Investing in the stock market involves gains and losses and may not be suitable for all investors. Growth stocks tend to be more volatile than other stocks, as the prices of growth stocks tend to be higher in relation to their companies’ earnings and may be more sensitive to market, political and economic development.

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