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In our Quarterly Strategy Report, we illustrate the relative attractiveness of select developed international sectors. Prefer to download this presentation in PDF? Please click here. 1. Summary -Monetary policy is considerably more restrictive than many perceive. The San Francisco Federal Reserve has calculated a “Proxy Rate” that…

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International Innovation November 02, 2022

Posted by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Knowledge Leaders, Markets, Portfolio Management

Investors in innovation tend to focus on the US exclusively, and some of that is for good reason as the US spends more than any other country on research and development. But there are many innovative companies outside the US that spend substantial sums on…

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Spotlight LHC Group: Innovating Home Health Care October 26, 2022

Posted by Knowledge Leaders Team in Knowledge Leaders

LHC Group provides home health care services to patients in the United States, including post-acute, therapy, and hospice care. The firm also runs 124 residential facilities serving patients who have transitioned out of a hospital but whose conditions remain too severe to go home. Based…

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Knowledge Leaders US Mid-Large Innovation Analysis October 25, 2022

Posted by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Knowledge Leaders, Markets

In recent reports, we’ve been highlighting that innovation—as a factor represented by R&D as % of sales—has stopped underperforming and it is selling for an attractive valuation. We used the S&P 500, Russell 2000 and other off-the-shelf indexes. Today we will highlight one of our…

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Spotlight Jack Henry: Empowering Financial Freedom October 19, 2022

Posted by Knowledge Leaders Team in Knowledge Leaders

Headquartered in Monett, Missouri, Jack Henry makes an extensive array of financial technologies and services that connect banks to the people and businesses they serve. With a mission to help empower financial freedom, Jack Henry serves the two-thirds of the American population that is not…

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S&P 500 Innovation Leaders vs. Followers October 18, 2022

Posted by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Knowledge Leaders, Markets

While many perceive the S&P 500 Index to be a broad innovation-heavy index, in a way it is and in a way it isn’t. It is an innovation-heavy index in so far as aggregate R&D investments total $478.8 billion, but it isn’t so innovation-heavy in…

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Spotlight Masimo: Sensing Better Health Outcomes October 07, 2022

Posted by Knowledge Leaders Team in Knowledge Leaders

Irvine, California-based Masimo makes non-invasive patient monitoring, measuring and sensing technologies that improve patient care in the hospital, the home, and on the go. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Masimo found itself in a unique position to support the urgent needs of both clinicians and…

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Has Innovation Bottomed? Is It Cheap Yet? September 20, 2022

Posted by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Knowledge Leaders, Markets

Innovation was the market darling thematic for many years leading up to COVID. The pandemic turbo-charged returns for innovation as the stay-at-home beneficiaries did phenomenally well. However, since the first quarter of 2021 innovation has struggled as a thematic strategy. It appears to us that…

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Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, FactSet is a global financial data analytics company. Using a cloud-based subscription model, the firm delivers intelligence to inform investment decisions to more than 160,000 asset managers, bankers, wealth managers, and corporations. Its financial tools connect and contextualize data from 800+…

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