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Five Reasons to Invest with the Fundamental Growth and Core Equity Team

The Fundamental Growth and Core Equity (FGC) team at State Street Global Advisors takes an active, concentrated, high-conviction approach to equity investing.

This approach demands that we get to know our portfolio companies well through deep due diligence and engagement. We look for quality, sustainable growth, and reasonable valuation, and much of our assessment is qualitative — relying on the judgment of an experienced team and a culture of collaboration and constructive debate.

We’re long-term investors and have been following our investment approach for decades. While justifiably proud of our past performance,1 we are always forward-looking. We believe that future success for our clients depends on the following five key tenets of our approach:2

1. We invest like owners, not like traders. We get to know our portfolio companies well and seek to hold them for the long term — five years is a typical holding period. The market tends to focus on short-term results. We believe that investors who have the judgment, patience, and perspective to look forward beyond the horizon of the average investor have an enormous advantage in the market as sustainable growth compounds over time.

Just as we invest for the long term, we also seek to build long-term relationships with our clients, something we refer to as a fiduciary mindset. We invest for our clients the same way we’d invest for ourselves, focused on creating value for our clients while adhering to basic principles that include a strict adherence to compliance, strong risk-awareness, a focus on company quality, and a long-term perspective that requires process discipline.

2. We have a seasoned team with a singular focus. Our team and investment philosophy are united by a common belief that has guided our approach for decades — that quality companies with sustainable growth at attractive valuations can drive above-average, long-term investment returns. The team is experienced but, equally important, we have worked together a long time — 14 years on average.3 This has fostered a culture of collaboration and open debate, which is neither hierarchical nor dependent on star portfolio managers for success. We believe this results in higher conviction in our holdings and better investment outcomes.

3. We have a robust, proprietary investment process. We believe a rigorous process discipline is essential for repeatability of our results. One unique element of our approach that adds to this discipline is our Confidence Quotient (CQ) framework.4 Our assessment of a company’s quality and, ultimately, our conviction in its ability to deliver sustainable growth are based on the CQ process. CQ seeks to identify high-quality companies through qualitative, forward-looking analysis and insight. Unlike quantitative metrics, our qualitative judgments are not easily replicated, as they derive from the judgment and culture of our team. CQ creates rigor, repeatability, and measurability around qualitative analysis.

4. We create high-conviction portfolios. Active fundamental investing is hard, and it takes time. Few companies meet our strict criteria for investment. For this reason, we seek to concentrate our portfolios in our highest-conviction names. At the same time, our portfolio managers think carefully about portfolio construction, considering diversification of economic drivers and risks among the holdings. The result is a high-conviction portfolio that the portfolio managers believe will deliver resilient, risk-adjusted performance going forward across differing market conditions.

5. We operate like a boutique, but are backed by a market leader. State Street FGC has preserved and refined the unique qualities that for decades have given our team an edge in active fundamental investing, but we also benefit greatly from the scale, expertize, and support of State Street Global Advisors. Being part of State Street benefits FGC in the areas of risk management, trading/execution, sustainability/stewardship, intellectual capital, distribution, company access, and parent stability.

In sum, hiring a fundamental active manager involves a belief in the people as much as the process. The State Street FGC team’s performance reflects the caliber and stability of our investment professionals — and our shared commitment to a fundamental, high-conviction investment philosophy. We are passionate about investing in sustainable growth through active management, and we are laser-focused on finding quality companies that can deliver growth that is stronger and more enduring than the market’s expectations. By investing only at the intersection of sustainable growth, quality, and reasonable valuation, we are able to serve our clients’ investment needs with confidence and conviction.

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