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Flexible growth

Growth comes in different forms: firms focusing on disruption, predictable steady compounders and capital allocators. Our flexible growth portfolios offer exposure to all three.

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What are flexible growth’s characteristics?

The market tends to value growth categories differently. Disruptors capture opportunity and market share. Their revenues grow rapidly, but their outcomes can be broad. Steady compounders have strong defensible franchises and competitive advantages. This leads to above-average earnings growth over long periods. Capital allocators rely heavily on management’s skill in deploying capital into cyclical opportunities. Combining all three helps reduce volatility while letting us pursue our best ideas.

How do we invest in flexible equity growth?

For each type of growth, we focus on different measures. Sales growth and margin progression for rapid growers. Franchise strength and profitability for steady compounders. And management quality and consistency with long-term business execution for capital allocators. 

Flexible equity growth portfolios typically hold 60 to 100 stocks. Turnover is low, typically less than 20 per cent per annum. 

Flexible-growth strategies

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    ACWI ex US All Cap

    An international portfolio seeking long-term compounding, combining developed and emerging markets – with 30+ years of experience.
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    Asia ex Japan

    A patient strategy in fast-paced markets. Embrace diverse growth opportunities in the hope of capitalising on inefficiencies.
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    A diversified portfolio of 40-80 of the best growth companies in China, regardless of listing location, size or weight in an index.
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    China A Shares

    A concentrated portfolio of 25-40 high-growth companies that are listed in China’s domestic market.
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    Developed EAFE All Cap

    An international portfolio focused on long-term compound growth, exclusively investing in developed markets – with 30+ years of experience.
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    EAFE Plus All Cap

    With exposure to emerging markets, this international portfolio with 30+ years’ experience seeks long-term growth.
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    Emerging Markets All Cap

    Our longest-standing Global Emerging Markets portfolio, targeting the world’s best Emerging Market companies with a diversified approach.
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    Emerging Markets Concentrated Growth

    A highly concentrated Emerging Markets portfolio, our purest form of Emerging Markets stock-picking.
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    Emerging Markets ex China

    Seeking to provide exposure to the best Emerging Market opportunities outside of China, an increasingly common consideration for investors.
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    Emerging Markets Leading Companies

    A more concentrated Global Emerging Markets portfolio of 35-60 stocks. Seeking strong opportunities to own for the long term.
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    Global Alpha

    Ambitious growth investing in exceptional companies, prioritising long-term sustainability and competitive advantages for lasting success.
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    Global Alpha Ethically Restricted

    Invest with ambition: We aim to unlock exceptional growth potential through long-term, sustainable competitive advantage.
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    Global Alpha Paris Aligned

    Climate-conscious investing in exceptional growth companies worldwide, using investment floor insights to find diverse opportunities.
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    Global Alpha Paris Aligned Ethically Restricted

    Responsibly investing in diverse growth companies, addressing the climate crisis with flexibility and open-mindedness to unlock varied opportunities.
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    Health Innovation

    Investing in solutions-driven healthcare companies addressing societal challenges, with the aim of generating strong returns.
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    International Alpha

    Invest in compounders, rapid growth, cycle winners, and capital allocators for what we hope will prove a robust, opportunity-driven portfolio.
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    Japan All Cap

    Discover Japan's untapped potential. Focusing on fundamentals, we try to find mispriced, under-appreciated growth opportunities.
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    Japan Growth

    Unearthing Japan's hidden opportunities, our strategy targets emerging disruptors, strong franchises, and corporate reform for growth.
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    Pan Europe

    We seek out Europe's standout companies with the potential to deliver exceptional investment returns.
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    Positive Change

    We invest in companies that we believe positively impact society and the environment, with the aim of generating attractive returns.
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    Sustainable Growth

    Seeking out companies that could benefit society and shareholders, and deliver lasting growth and positive impact for all.
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    US Alpha

    We focus on growing businesses across diverse opportunities that we hope will drive exceptional returns over time.

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