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SMA Inception Date: 06/1/2008
Objective: Seeks long-term capital appreciation

Why choose this SMA?

  • To pursue potentially strong risk-adjusted returns from a research-driven value strategy
  • To gain exposure to undervalued mid- and small-cap companies

Investment Strategy

  • Vaughan Nelson seeks to take advantage of temporary information and marketplace inefficiencies in the small to mid-cap universe to find opportunities to invest in companies at valuations materially below their long-term intrinsic value
  • Managers follow a research-intesive process emphasizing balance sheets and cash flow-based projections
  • The team defines value in three ways and seeks to diversify across company types:
  • Undervalued Growth
    • Earning positive return on capital
    • Stable-to-improving returns
    • Not paying for future growth
    Undervalued Assets
    • Priced at a discount to asset value
    • Identifiable catalyst with ability to close valuation gap
    Undervalued Dividend
    • High, secure dividend
    • Minimal perceived downside risk

Portfolio Managers

Dennis G. Alff, CFA®

Senior Portfolio Manager of Equity Investments and Research Specialist

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Chad D. Fargason, PhD

Senior Portfolio Management – Equity Investments

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Chris D. Wallis, CFA®, CPA®

CEO, CIO, Senior Portfolio Manager

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