RYSEX On Morningstar.com—Royce
article 03-16-2020

Morningstar Highlights Royce’s Special Equity Strategy

“Stock Funds With the Best and Worst Down Capture During the Sell-Off,” on Morningstar.com, listed our Special Equity Strategy as one that has done relatively well in the market’s recent sell-off.

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On March 11, 2020, David Carey published a piece on Morningstar.com, “Stock Funds With the Best and Worst Down Capture During the Sell-Off,” that mentioned Royce Special Equity Fund. The article aimed to help investors find funds that have done a better or worse job protecting investors in the recent sell-off.

The criteria used to determine this was Morningstar’s down-capture measure, which assesses how a fund's share-price decline compares with the fall in its respective Morningstar Category benchmark. Carey used the Morningstar 500, selected from the company’s coverage universe. Each fund was then compared against its respective Morningstar Category index. The article focused on the list’s U.S. and international stock funds, tracking performance from February 19- March 9. U.S. diversified stock funds mainly registered down-market capture ratios between 90% and 110% during this time frame.

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When discussing Special Equity, Carey quoted Tony Thomas, PhD, a senior manager research analyst at Morningstar, who said that PM Charlie Dreifus, “tends to avoid heavily indebted companies. He’s long been concerned about leverage and the availability of cheap money. As we saw Monday with the leveraged oil companies, a stock can plummet when there’s doubt about a company’s ability to pay its bills.”

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Learn more about Charlie Dreifus here.

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Average Annual Total Returns as of 12/31/19 (%) 

  4Q191 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR 15YR 20YR SINCE INCEPT. DATE
Special Equity 7.63 12.63 3.07 4.88 8.65 7.09 10.32 8.62 05/01/98
Russell 2000 9.94 25.52 8.59 8.23 11.83 7.92 7.59 9.57 N/A
Russell 2000 Value 8.49 22.39 4.77 6.99 10.56 6.92 9.41 7.80 N/A

Annual Operating Expenses: 1.18

1 Not annualized.

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