- Small-cap core fund that invests primarily in what Royce believes are “premier” small-cap companies (generally market caps from $1 billion-$3 billion at the time of investment) with discernible competitive advantages, high returns on capital, and a sustainable, moat-like franchise
- Focuses on leading quality companies, those with low debt, the ability to generate excess cash flow, and attractive prospects that are selling at prices Royce believes do not fully reflect these attributes
meet your managers
Royce Investment Partners specializes in small-cap investing, managing both U.S. and international portfolios for individual investors, financial advisors, and institutions. The firm is generally regarded as a pioneer in small-cap investing. Focusing on this distinctive asset class for more than 45 years has given Royce an unparalleled domain knowledge of the small-company investment universe.
Meet Your Managers
Chuck Royce manages the Fund, along with Lauren A. Romeo since 2006 and Steven McBoyle since November 2014.
Chairman, Portfolio Manager
Lauren A. Romeo, CFA
What I Should Know
The Fund invests primarily in small-cap stocks, which may involve considerably more risk than investing in larger-cap stocks. The Fund generally invests a significant portion of its assets in a limited number of stocks, which may involve considerably more risk than a more broadly diversified portfolio because a decline in the value of any one of these stocks would cause the Fund's overall value to decline to a greater degree. The Fund may invest up to 25% of its net assets in foreign securities, which may involve political, economic, currency, and other risks not encountered in U.S. investments.
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IMPORTANT HOLDINGS INFORMATION: Portfolio holdings are based on total portfolio, and are subject to change at any time. Holdings are provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as a recommendation to purchase or sell any security. Any negative allocations or allocations in excess of 100% are primarily due to unsettled trade activities.
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