Targeting Growth through Tactical Management
Our PPG (Participate, Protect, Grow) Focused Equity Strategy is a tactically managed individual stock portfolio consisting of carefully selected companies that we believe have demonstrated above-average growth prospects. But rather than simply buying stocks and holding them in the hope that values will keep rising, we prefer to screen the portfolio quarterly in an attempt to keep it aligned with the current market environment. By spotting and participating in trends early, and being prepared to sell when we see conditions change, we are able to proactively target growth and manage risk.
What sets this strategy apart is our active stance, which includes a willingness to replace holdings if we think it's warranted. No matter how long ago or how recently we acquired the stock. If we spot a long-term trend we think will result in gains, we buy. If we think that trend has run its course, or another holding is better placed to capitalize on it, then we are happy to sell. When seeking strong capital appreciation, this kind of tactical management is key. When markets are crashing our sell discipline may take the entire portfolio to 100% cash. We believe this willingness to go to cash truly differentiates our model.
A Rigorous Selection Process
The PPG Focused Equity Strategy is comprised of a focused portfolio of individual stocks that are selected from a universe of over 8,000 publicly traded companies. These holdings are selected through a rigorous process seeking to pinpoint companies with better than average growth prospects.
We begin with the universe of publicly traded companies and narrow this down by applying a set of rigorous criteria. We will identify and rank stocks on the following criteria:
This strategy has a particularly concentrated portfolio. We believe this gives us an advantage because we have a limited amount of companies to research and monitor, allowing us to direct more resources towards finding and rescreening, keeping our ideas fresh. Our selective focus means we can make better buy and sell decisions and can fully exploit our best ideas – a well-performing stock will have more impact because a greater proportion of the portfolio will be invested in it.
Our philosophy – to buy in an up trend then sell when our exhaustive research shows that the trend is waning – makes this strategy far more dynamic than most with 5-6 trades per month. This approach helps us perform in a variety of market conditions. For example, a buy and hold strategy will tend to lose money in a downturn, falling with the markets. But as an active manager our firm may be able to limit losses by selling those holdings most likely to disappoint, and holding cash until the market trends reverse.
We constantly monitor market trends, looking for new opportunities. In addition, every quarter the stocks we hold are subjected to the same rigorous analysis they faced when they were first selected. However, a stock can be replaced at any time if it isn't living up to expectations. If we see weakness, we sell. By concentrating only on those stocks than can potentially outperform, we keep this strategy dynamic.
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Stock investing involves risk including potential loss of principal. No strategy ensures success or protects against a loss. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.