Applied Global Concentrated Equity Strategy
Applied Global Concentrated Equity Strategy

Applied Global Concentrated Equity Strategy


By investing in a relatively small number of global companies, the Applied Global Concentrated Equity Strategy seeks to protect investors from prolonged periods of style-driven underperformance. Their flexible approach combines quantitative models with stock-specific research that aims to identify 15-20 global companies with exposure to factors expected to drive returns in the current market environment.

Typical active share
Typical Number of Holdings
Investment Approach

Broad market factors can drive majority of returns

By remaining flexible, we can tilt the portfolio towards styles, regions or sectors we believe have the greatest likelihood of producing excess returns.

Stock selection can be additive to alpha generation

Company-specific analysis can help generate additional contribution to portfolio's overall return.

High active share may be the key to outperformance

By limiting the number of position, we run a high active share strategy.


Portfolio is positioned to gain exposure to broad market factors we believe are in the early stages of outperforming and will drive returns in the current market environment.


Alpha from idiosyncratic (stock-specific) risk is sought by conducting research on individual stocks, customized to each company and its specific industry.


Attempt to capture common and idiosyncratic factors without unintended exposures.

Investment Process
Portfolio Managers
Head of Applied Equity Advisors Team
31 years industry experience
Executive Director
14 years industry experience
Investment Insight
Quantamental investing: The future is now
May 18, 2018
Applied Equity Advisors combines factor investing with stock-specific research. Tapping both sources of excess returns helps us achieve greater consistency of returns and avoid behavioral pitfalls.
Market Outlook
Andrew Slimmon – Euphoria is Not Yet on the Horizon
Oct 30, 2018
Andrew Slimmon discusses the connection between euphoria, investor psychology and secular bull market cycles.
Market Outlook
Applied Equity Advisors November 2018 Commentary
Nov 27, 2018
Andrew Slimmon, head of the Applied Equity Advisors team, discusses his market views in the November 2018 Monthly Commentary


Diversification does not protect you against a loss in a particular market; however it allows you to spread that risk across various asset classes.

There is no assurance that a Portfolio will achieve its investment objective. Portfolios are subject to market risk, which is the possibility that the market values of securities owned by the Portfolio will decline and may therefore be less than what you paid for them. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this Portfolio. Please be aware that this Portfolio may be subject to certain additional risks. In general, equities securities’ values also fluctuate in response to activities specific to a company. Stocks of small-and medium-capitalizationcompanies entail special risks, such as limited product lines, markets and financial resources, and greater market volatility than securities of larger, more established companies. Investments in foreign markets entail special risks such as currency, political, economic, market and liquidity risks. Illiquid securitiesmay be more difficult to sell and value than publicly traded securities (liquidity risk). Non-diversified portfolios often invest in a more limited number of issuers. As such, changes in the financial condition or market value of a single issuer may cause greater volatility


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There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will work under all market conditions, and each investor should evaluate their ability to invest for the long-term, especially during periods of downturn in the market. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

A separately managed account may not be suitable for all investors. Separate accounts managed according to the Strategy include a number of securities and will not necessarily track the performance of any index. Please consider the investment objectives, risks and fees of the Strategy carefully before investing. A minimum asset level is required. For important information about the investment manager, please refer to Form ADV Part 2.

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Active share is the fraction of the portfolio or fund that is invested differently than its benchmark as of the last day of the reporting period. A portfolio with a high degree of Active Share does not assure a portfolio's/fund’s relative outperformance.


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The MSCI World Total Return (Net) Index is a free float adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the global equity market performance of developed markets. The term "free float" represents the portion of shares outstanding that are deemed to be available for purchase in the public equity markets by investors. The performance of the Index is listed in U.S. dollars and assumes reinvestment of net dividends.

The information presented represents how the portfolio management team generally implements its investment process under normal market conditions.

The typical active share and the number of holdings represent typical ranges and are not a maximum number. The portfolio may exceed these from time to time due to market conditions and outstanding trades. 

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