- Small-cap value fund (generally market caps up to $3 billion) that focuses on companies with above-average profitability and low leverage that are selling at attractive valuations due to what Royce believes are temporary factors
- Pursues opportunities when expectations are low and focuses on industries where Royce sees the greatest number of compelling bargains
Meet your managers
Royce & Associates specializes in small-cap investing, offering both U.S. and international portfolios to individual investors, financial advisors and institutions. The firm is generally regarded as a pioneer in small-cap investing and has focused on this distinctive asset class for more than 40 years, leading to unparalleled domain knowledge of the smaller-company investment universe.
Meet Your Managers
Royce & Associates is the Fund's investment adviser. For more than 35 years, Royce has utilized a disciplined value approach to invest in smaller companies.
Jay Kaplan, Co-Chief Investment Officer, Principal and Portfolio Manager of Royce, has managed the Fund since 2003.
Jay Kaplan, CFA
What I Should Know
The Fund invests primarily in small-cap stocks, which may involve considerably more risk than investments in securities of larger-cap companies. The Fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in a limited number of stocks, which may involve considerably more risk than 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 (measured at the time of investment), 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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