Francis Gannon Pens Commentary Article For Wealth Management—Royce
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Francis Gannon Pens Commentary Article For Wealth Management

Co-CIO Francis Gannon explains his long-term optimism for small caps in an article he wrote for Wealth Management.

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Co-CIO Francis Gannon published an article in Wealth Management titled "After a Roller Coaster Year, What's Next for Small Caps?” on February 26, 2021 making his case for why he believes volatility can benefit active small cap managers.

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Francis detailed in the article that he sees small caps outpacing large caps in 2020’s bullish fourth quarter as a sign of a substantial leadership change. He believes there will be a small cap correction because small caps have experienced a decline of at least 10% in 84% of the past 25 calendar years. He added that small caps are also likely to advance over the next several years because of all rolling three-year return periods since 1945, 88% produced positive returns for small caps, according to the Center for Research into Security Prices. He noted that below average valuations caused by 1% Treasury bond yields, an accommodative U.S. Federal Reserve, and recovering economies in the U.S. and most of the globe may cause the probability for this to be higher.

“Regardless of the shape our ‘new normal’ takes, 2021 could not only create potential advantages for disciplined active management, but it should also be a rewarding year for selected cyclical small cap stocks,” Francis wrote.

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Learn more about Francis Gannon here.

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Mr. Gannon’s thoughts and opinions concerning the stock market are solely their own and, of course, there can be no assurance with regard to future market movements. No assurance can be given that the past performance trends as outlined above will continue in the future.

The performance data and trends outlined in this presentation are presented for illustrative purposes only. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Historical market trends are not necessarily indicative of future market movements.

Cyclical and Defensive are defined as follows: Cyclical: Communication Services, Consumer Discretionary, Energy, Financials, Industrials, Information Technology, and Materials. Defensive: Consumer Staples, Health Care, Real Estate, Utilities.

The (Center for Research in Security Prices) CRSP (Center for Research in Security Pricing) equally divides the companies listed on the NYSE into 10 deciles based on market capitalization. Deciles 1-5 represent the largest domestic equity companies and Deciles 6-10 represent the smallest. CRSP then sorts all listed domestic equity companies based on these market cap ranges. By way of comparison, the CRSP 1-5 would have similar capitalization parameters to the S&P 500 and the CRSP 6-10 would have similar capitalization parameters to those of the Russell 2000.

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