Large Cap Growth

The Large Cap Growth Portfolio strategy combines a disciplined “top down” analysis with a detailed fundamental “bottom up” security selection process.

Macro-Economic Sector Analysis

LCM’s top down analysis aims to identify macroeconomic trends that represent growth opportunities in the global economy – this macro analysis helps to determine our internal growth rates for sectors, as well as for the companies within them.A variety of data sources is used to establish relative value expectations of growth sectors that are likely to benefit from these broad themes and outperform over the next 12 to 24 months. Growth sectors are defined as those with higher potential revenue and profit growth than that of the US economy.

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Resource & Inflation Concerns

The likelihood of rising inflation in the years ahead, economic growth is a necessity. Higher resource prices will be a major contributor. Unprecedented levels of money supply growth as huge economic stimulus flows through the economy with a multiplier effect. Upon examining resource concerns, LCM has concluded that resources are intertwined. Conventional fuel shortages will not be an isolated problem as there are multiple materials involved in its extraction and production (creating their own strained supply/demand relationships). Alternative energy sources are intertwined, as building renewable sources will take tremendous amounts of energy to produce essential commodities.

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Developing Economies

The emergence of the growing economies of China and India as well as the rest of the developing world. Currently the economies of the developing world nearly equal that of the developed world, and will soon surpass it. Rising populations and incomes (roughly 40% of the developing world currently lives on less than $2 a day) will have implications for US multinationals that can use their dominance in developed markets to enlarge their footprints in areas of higher economic growth (this includes consumer staples and technology companies).

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Global Infrastructure

The compelling need for infrastructure of all types in both the developed and developing world. This infrastructure includes the rehabilitation of existing systems, as well as building new infrastructure systems including alternative energy, smart grid, and healthcare systems.

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Demographics

The wide age demographic of the American population presents various investment opportunities in the healthcare arena. Further, overall world population growth strains global food supply, and relates to opportunities in the materials sector, such as fertilizer stocks. This extends further to energy, water, and other materials when the full food production process is taken into account.

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The Investment Committee’s discussions will often lead to the development of more specific “sub-themes.” For example, discussions relating to the burgeoning growth of China and India have led the committee to realize that these economies will need tremendous amounts of additional energy in order to sustain growth. With the conclusion that this increased energy demand will intensify the world’s supply crunch, the investment team will review and analyze the energy sector to identify companies that will benefit from this derivative event.

Screening Process

LCM’s top down approach helps to focus the firm’s bottom-up security selection process into the growth sectors and industries identified by the Investment Committee. Portfolio managers identify candidates from the S&P 500 and other sources that are consistent with the firm’s investment philosophy. The result of the analyses is a “watch-list” of approximately 150 companies. These stocks should possess:

  • Market Dominance
  • Superior Operating Record & Balance Sheet
  • Projected Growth Rate Greater Than The Market
  • Reasonable Price: Defined As Having A Forward PEG Less Than The Market

Fundamental Research

The Investment Committee will perform in-depth research on these companies in order to determine the ones to be included in the Large Cap Growth model portfolio.

  • “DCA” Analysis (Dominant & Competitive Analysis)
  • Growth Factors
  • Quality Analysis
  • Valuation

LCM employs strict sell disciplines to protect its clients’ portfolios. Positions will generally be reduced or sold if a stock:

  • Becomes overpriced
  • Can be replaced with better risk/reward opportunity
  • Changes occur that affect a stock’s fundamentals
  • Position weight reaches 8%