Energy is a large complex sector that accounts for just over 5% of the S&P 500 Index. The sector’s broad sub-industries can be divided into a “value chain,” each segment of which has different characteristics and offers different investment opportunities.
We believe Japan is on the path to economic revival. To reverse a long period of stagnant economic growth and deflation, Prime Minister Abe and his government initiated an ambitious economic revitalization plan centered on monetary and fiscal stimulus and structural reform, which has resulted in measurable progress.
Natural gas has become one of America’s most important domestic energy solutions. Over the past 10 years*, U.S. consumption of natural gas has risen 28%, even though overall energy consumption declined slightly.
Increased attention is being paid to the inclusion of focused mutual funds in portfolio allocations. Studies have shown that concentrated portfolios can provide meaningful performance advantages over time.
For decades, investors have relied on traditional balanced funds to gain portfolio diversification and minimize volatility. With a classic 60% allocation to equities and a 40% allocation to fixed income, balanced funds have historically provided long-term oriented investors with impressive relative capital appreciation but with lower volatility as compared to an all-equity portfolio.
Portfolio Managers Toby Loftin and Ben Cook discuss growth prospects and the outlook for distribution and dividend growth for midstream companies. They also outline how the Fund’s holdings are poised to benefit from rising global energy demand.
In the following commentary, Portfolio Managers Dave Ellison and Ryan Kelley discuss the reasons behind the selloff at the end of 2018, the outlook for short-term interest rates, and what they believe is the healthy state of the banking industry going into 2019.
Two key measures of the health of the banking industry have shown significant improvement and could point to continued solid profitability in the Financial sector in 2019 and beyond.
In the following commentary, Portfolio Manager Ryan Kelley discusses the drivers behind the strong growth in the natural gas market in 2018, how tight inventories might cause more volatility in the gas price and the outlook for continued growth in natural gas exports.
Portfolio Managers Toby Loftin, Trip Rodgers, and Tim Dumois discuss the Fund’s correlation to oil prices, how energy companies are responding to shareholder preferences, and the outlook for energy markets.