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SWS Quarterly Research - October 2021 Update

Posted by Mike Parker, CFA and Kurt Grove, CFA on 10/22/21 7:30 AM

The following is an excerpt from our recently published SWS Growth Equity 3Q2021 strategy update, which is available in its entirety via pdf or audio stream. In the full piece, we provide our take on sifting through an increasingly volatile equity market backdrop, while assessing the strategic merits of our internally managed strategy for public growth-style equity.

Our read of the current fundamental signals continues to support that 2021 will be a grind-out period for active return generation. This in large part is due to a global macro dislocation that caused the most dramatic acceleration of digital transformations across all industries. The market is still undergoing a massive sortation of flash-in-the-pans from sustainable share-gainers as we edge closer to a post-pandemic environment. As active equity managers tasked with relative value creation, we remain optimistic on how our investment process is calibrated to generate attractive risk-adjusted outcomes in this backdrop.

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Topics: Investing in the Future, Current Events, Asset Management, Growth Equity Commentary

SWS Quarterly Research - July 2021 Update

Posted by Mike Parker, CFA and Kurt Grove, CFA on 7/22/21 4:00 PM

The following is an excerpt from our recently published SWS Growth Equity 2Q2021 strategy update, which is available in its entirety via pdf or audio stream. In the full piece, we provide our take on sifting through an increasingly volatile equity market backdrop, while assessing the strategic merits of our internally managed strategy for public growth-style equity.

In this latest installment of our quarterly accountability check-in, we assess an important milestone that gets to the core justification for launching SWS Growth Equity. Having honed an investment process inside a $100 billion dollar pension, we identified the opportunity to combine stock-picking acumen with risk-minded portfolio construction, then unveiling this to a much wider audience. This past May marked three years since we planted our flag with investment capital, including our own alongside external investors. We dive into the output of our efforts below, but our focus will always be on a universal goal of every public equity investor. Despite various ways it’s articulated, consistent risk-adjusted returns are at the core of every investor’s pursuit.

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Topics: Investing in the Future, Current Events, Asset Management, Growth Equity Commentary

A Continued Path for Active Equity

Posted by Mike Parker, CFA and Kurt Grove, CFA on 5/26/21 8:30 AM

With the “recovery shape” guessing game firmly in the rearview (happy to say goodbye to whether “K-shaped” should join ranks of “V-” and “L-shaped” in the economist vernacular), the YTD period is evidence of the difficulty in pricing future outcomes at this particular market juncture. Companies lifting the hood to their recent quarter’s results are doing so at a time when the year-ago snapshot captures one of the most precipitous drops in public markets history. Trying to level-set our true run-rate, while simultaneously deciphering what’s next for equity investors, seems to be an effort stuck in “work-in-progress” mode. As we head into the holiday weekend, we saw the opportunity to offer some food for thought to accompany that which is earmarked for the grill or cooler, all in the effort to help illuminate our path forward as equity investors.


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Topics: Investing in the Future, Current Events, Asset Management, Growth Equity Commentary

SWS Quarterly Research - April 2021 Update

Posted by Mike Parker, CFA and Kurt Grove, CFA on 4/20/21 6:50 AM

The following is an excerpt from our recently published SWS Growth Equity 1Q2021 strategy update, which is available in its entirety via pdf or audio stream. In the full piece, we provide our take on sifting through an increasingly volatile equity market backdrop, while assessing the strategic merits of our internally managed strategy for public growth-style equity.

After enduring a year of drastic outcome disparities in public equity, we're reminded of an often-misconstrued aspect to large cap investing. The asset class tends to garner perceptions that higher "efficiency" translates into an inability to generate sustainable and attractive returns, either relative or absolute. The cited culprits range from a disproportionately higher amount of sell-/buy-side analyst eyeballs, deeper pools of liquidity, tighter bid/ask spreads, or name-brand awareness by investors among the blue chips. The embedded implication behind these factors is that large-cap cash flows are somehow easier to predict than that of more obscure or smaller cap issuers.

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Topics: Investing in the Future, Current Events, Asset Management, Growth Equity Commentary

SWS Quarterly Research

Posted by Mike Parker, CFA and Kurt Grove, CFA on 1/21/21 10:40 AM

The following is an excerpt from our recently published SWS Growth Equity 4Q strategy update, which is available in its entirety here. In the full piece, we provide our take on thinking through various sources of macro uncertainty as investors, in addition to assessing the strategic merits of our internally managed strategy for public growth-style equity.

Coming off a recession-triggering year in the throws of a global health crisis creates a challenging backdrop for any market forecaster. In effort to chart our forward path, we find it helpful to borrow from our fundamental investment process, seeking simplicity among chaos. Here, we isolate our investment premise: exploiting the market’s inefficiency of pricing long-term competitive disruption, specifically that which is enabled by disruptive innovation. As we study the evidence that’s filtered through the macroeconomic noise, it’s clear that the global pandemic response accelerated many mis-pricings that we were readily poised to exploit in 2020. As we study the opportunity landscape going forward, we also see ample runway for attractive excess returns over the coming years.

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Topics: Investing in the Future, Current Events, Asset Management, Growth Equity Commentary

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SWS Growth Equity (Oct 2021): Access Here

 
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SWS Dividend Equity (Oct 2021): Access Here

 
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SWS Balanced Income (Sep 2021): Access Here

 
 
Strategy Resources
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Growth Equity 3Q2021: Access Here

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Growth Equity 2Q2021: Access Here

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Growth Equity 1Q2021: Access Here

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Growth Equity 4Q2020: Access Here

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Growth Equity 3Q2020: Access Here

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Growth Equity 2Q2020: Access Here

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Other Research
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Unleashing Asset Allocation Benefits (Mar 2019): Access Here

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4Q2018 Market Update: Access Here

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Volatility in Context (Dec 2018): Access Here

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3Q2018 Market Update: Access Here

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2Q2018 Market Update: Access Here

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Growth Becoming "The Market" (Jul 2018): Access Here

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The Current Opportunity (Apr 2018): Access Here

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