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  2. US Equities

There are often many investment opportunities in undervalued large-cap US companies across all industries. The best of those opportunities are in the equities of companies that show long-term competitiveness and profitability. The US equity market is reasonably efficient but emotional enough to provide opportunities for disciplined investors. In an environment where liquidity is abundant and money is cheap, it can be allocated with somewhat less discipline. When liquidity is contracting and money is more expensive, investors are more discriminating with their stock-picking and care more about valuations.


  • Lower intra-stock correlation in US equities is supportive for active stock pickers
  • The corporate tax reform should increase US companies’ competitiveness
  • The acceleration in global economic growth is highly positive for US companies and equities
  • Styles and a dynamic small cap universe provide investors with many opportunities


Investment philosophy & process

AJO is an independent, entrepreneurially driven investment adviser founded in 1984 by Ted Aronson. The firm is a limited partnership that is wholly employee-owned by seventeen active principals. While being value-oriented, the team believes superior results are best achieved by considering not only value, but also management, momentum and sentiment. Security analysis is more productive when value is gauged in relation to a company’s peers. Valuing portfolio components and diversifying among industry peer groups therefore constitute core pillars of the process. AJO focuses on well-managed companies with quality cash profits, relatively low market valuations, positive price and earnings momentum, and favourable market sentiment. The investment strategy is optimised to diversify the multi-faceted risks in US equities.

Investment manager

Theodore R. Aronson is the Managing Principal of AJO, having founded the firm nearly 35 years ago. He holds a BSc and an MBA and is the former chair of the CFA Institute (formerly AIMR) and a Chartered Investment Counselor.

Adams Funds

Investment philosophy & process

Adams Funds is an independent, entrepreneurially driven investment adviser focusing on small-cap US equities. Small caps have distinct risk–return characteristics that can enhance portfolio performance over time. They are also more nimble and quicker to adjust their strategies in response to market changes than larger companies. The investment strategy is based on the combination of a quantitative model and fundamental research. The process overlays control measures and limits allocations to sectors and industry groups, and individual stocks. The team uses the quant model to narrow the focus and then apply fundamental analysis. The fund benefits from the leverage that comes from the model’s view over the entire market while adding value with the depth of fundamental research on the names that will be selected.

Investment Manager

Mark Stoeckle is the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager with more than 35 years of business experience. He has held several positions in international asset management and advisory companies and holds a BA and an MBA.


Our US Equities range offering

Investment Manager

Cédric Le Berre

Cédric joined UBP in July 2013 in a dual role of product specialist and fund analyst. He is responsible for representing our range of external managers inside and outside the firm. He covers mainly US, EM and Japanese equities.

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Market insight 15.02.2019

US: weak industrial production and mixed empire manufacturing

US: Industrial production (Jan): -0.6% m/m vs 0.1% expected (prior: 0.1% revised from 0.3%)

  • The decline in IP was driven by a 0.9% drop in manufacturing output, which was largely driven by an 8.8% m/m plunge in motor vehicle output, which reversed a 4.3% surge in December. But there were also signs of weakness in other sectors, which machinery and electronics production both declining.
  • With the latest retail sales data, this provides further reason to think that the Fed won't be raising rates any time soon.


US: Empire manufacturing (Feb): 8.8 vs 7 expected (prior: 3.9)

  • While the index rose in Feb, the composition was mixed as the new orders index increased, but the shipments and employment components both declined. The prices paid measure decreased and the 6 months-ahead business conditions index rebounded sharply by 14.5pt to +32.3.


US: Consumer confidence (Michigan) (Feb P): 95.5 vs 93.7 expected (prior: 91.2)

  • Sentiment has rebounded more than expected; sentiment on current situation has increased lower than expected, while expectations rose higher than expected.


US: Import price index (Jan): -0.5% m/m vs -0.2% expected (prior: -1%)

  • The decline reflected a drop in the fuel category (-3.2% m/m).
  • Overall, the report was soft as consumer goods import prices fell at their fastest pace in 7 months and auto prices fell by 0.2% m/m.


UK: Retail sales (Jan): 1.2% m/m vs 0.2% expected (prior: -1% revised from -1.3%)

  • Sales ex fuel were up by 1.2% m/m vs 0.2% m/m expected (-1% the prior month); Internet sales have rebounded by 3.7% m/m and represent 18.8% of total sales (prior: 19.8%).
  • Overall, retail sales rebounded as clothing discounts attracted shoppers but downside risks could continue to weigh on consumption as political scenario remains unclear.


Spain: CPI (Jan F): -1.7% m/m as expected (prior: -0.5%)

  • On a y/y basis: 1% as expected (prior: 1.2%).
  • Clothing and footwear have driven trend in headline prices lower (-15.4% m/m), while transportation rose by 0.3% m/m.