Portfolio Managers’ Fund Commentaries—Royce
article 02-16-2022

Manager Commentaries

Twice a year, our portfolio managers deliver Manager Commentaries that provide insights into performance—including holdings, portfolio positioning, investment opportunities, and long-term prospects. You can find your Fund’s commentary below.


While the Russell 2000 Index posted a positive return for 2021, it underperformed both the Russell 2000 Value and large-cap Russell 1000 Indexes. We remain convinced that earnings ultimately drive individual company stock returns, and the earnings prospects for many small-cap companies remain promising, specifically those with sound fundamentals, including low-debt balance sheets, positive cash flows, and the ability to pass on higher costs in this inflationary period.

 

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