In the announcement, the firms noted that data from Financial Times indicated more than half of U.S. public pension plans and a quarter of corporate pension plans are expected to increase their investments in 130/30 strategies over the next three years. About 17% of foundations and endowments said they would do the same, the announcement said.
Kent Smith, Smith Group director of marketing and partner, said in the announcement: “The Smith Group 130/30 portfolio uses the same investment process used on our flagship Large Cap Core/Growth strategy, which has a long track record. Our bottom-up research is used to determine attractive and unattractive stocks. Approximately 82 percent of a 130/30’s returns will come from the long-only book. The net exposure to the market is very similar to a long-only portfolio. Results of our portfolio show the 130/30 delivers enhanced returns above the long-only Large Cap Core/ Growth, with a similar risk profile.”
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