As factory automation systems appear in factories throughout the world, Japanese companies are slated to be major beneficiaries - both as producers and users of robotics.
Over the past decade, U.S. natural gas utility and pipeline companies have significantly increased investment in their infrastructure networks. We believe higher investment is a positive catalyst driving earnings growth for many natural gas distribution companies operating under rate of return (ROR) regulation.
Over the last decade, strong growth in production has allowed the U.S. to become a net exporter of natural gas. Both pipeline exports to Mexico and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to the rest of the world, especially Asia, have been growing rapidly, and significant further growth is forecast.
Tourism is a growing industry in Japan, and it has the potential to contribute meaningfully to economic growth over the next decade as the country deregulates the industry, opens casinos, and welcomes foreign visitors to the Olympic Games in 2020.
Portfolio Manager Tad Fujimura shares his thoughts on Japanese stock valuations, structural reform progress, and the best way for investors to gain exposure to Japanese small-cap stocks.
Portfolio Manager Masa Takeda provides his outlook for 2019 and shares his thoughts on recent market volatility, the impact of trade tariffs, the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy, and the case for active management.
Over the last two decades, the Financials Sector has become much more diverse. Financial companies operating in markets where growth is being driven by new processes and technological innovation have become an important part of the sector, offering investors high growth potential and additional diversification.
Many investors may believe they have covered the entire market cap spectrum with small- and large-caps alone but may be missing out on the potential benefits of a specific allocation to mid-caps.
Chief Investment Officer Neil Hennessy discusses recent volatility in the markets, and why he believes that the strong fundamentals still in place should reward long-term, level-headed investors who stay the course in 2019.
Portfolio Manager Ryan Kelley reviews the Fund’s investment strategy and discusses the Fund’s most recent rebalance and changes in the portfolio composition. He also highlights the fundamental drivers of the sectors with the highest weightings in the portfolio.