Total Return Fund and Opportunities in Small-Cap—Royce
article 03-06-2019

Jay Kaplan in MarketWatch

Jay Kaplan was featured in discussing opportunities in small-cap community banks and Royce Total Return Fund.

THINK recently featured Jay Kaplan and Royce Total Return Fund in an article titled “4 Good Reasons This Small-Cap, Dividend-Paying Stock Sector Could Reward Contrarian Investors” by Philip van Doorn.

Read the piece here.

In the article, Jay explains why community banks are an interesting investment to him at this time because the sector has underperformed, largely due to increased short-term interest rates and stagnant long-term rates. However, he noted that these picks are geared toward a patient investor who is willing to hold on to the stock for years.

“My argument is there are companies with internal self-help things that may buffer some of that, or they have a track record or geography, or something interesting. But even if they are sold off by the fast-finger crowd, it can create a buying opportunity,” Jay was quoted in the article saying.

Jay went on to name three banking stocks— Financial Institutions, National Bankshares, and Northrim BanCorp—that he finds particularly attractive and explain why he favors them.

Read the piece here.

Bio of Jay Kaplan

Jay Kaplan has been at Royce & Associates for 18 years, and he is a portfolio manager for five funds at the Firm. Prior to joining, he spent 12 years with The Prudential, most recently as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager. Mr. Kaplan holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master of Business Administration from New York University. He is a CFA® charterholder.




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Total Return -15.34 -12.46 7.78 3.32 10.61 7.14 8.39 9.99 12/15/93
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Percentage of Fund Holdings As of 12/31/2018 (%)

  Royce Premier Fund

Financial Institutions


National Bankshares


Northrim BanCorp


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