Schroder U.S. Opportunities Fund

Scorecard
4 / 5 Stars
Lipper
3 3 4 3 1
Zacks Investment Research
5 (Strong Sell)
Standard & Poor's
3 / 5 Stars
TheStreet.com
C- (Hold)

#117 in Small Blend

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Performance

The fund has returned 23.72 percent over the past year, 11.48 percent over the past three years, 21.02 percent over the past five years, and 10.32 percent over the past decade. 

Trailing Returns Updated 03.31.2014
Year to date 2.0%
1 Year 23.7%
3 Years (Annualized) 11.5%
5 Years (Annualized) 21.0%
10 Years (Annualized) 10.3%

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Summary

Schroder U.S. opportunities doesn't take a lot of chances.

As of April 22, 2014, the fund has assets totaling almost $145.19 million invested in 150 different holdings. Its portfolio consists of shares of small companies.

Sometimes boring isn't a bad thing. Thanks to an abundance of caution, this fund has done quite well over the years. The fund's conservative nature shines through in a number of ways. For starters, as of the end of 2010, upwards of 10 percent of the fund's assets were tucked away in cash. Investments are also spread across a number of sectors. Management owns well over 100 names, and no one company dominates the fund's portfolio. Perhaps the fund's one show of spunk is its sizeable position in micro-caps--the smallest of the small companies. The fund has returned 23.72 percent over the past year and 11.48 percent over the past three years. 

The fund has had plenty of good times and, with the exception of the past two-and-a-half years, not a whole lot of bad ones. As of the end of May, its trailing 10-year returns landed it in the top 4 percent of its Morningstar category. The fund has returned 21.02 percent over the past five years and 10.32 percent over the past decade.  

Investment Strategy

According to the fund's prospectus: "The adviser seeks to identify securities that it believes offer the potential for capital appreciation, based on novel, superior, or niche products or services, operating characteristics, quality of management, an entrepreneurial management team, their having gone public in recent years, opportunities provided by mergers, divestitures, or new management, or other factors."

Role in Portfolio

Morningstar calls the fund a "supporting player."

Management

Jenny Jones manages the fund.

Fees

Schroder U.S. Opportunities Fund has an expense ratio of 1.26 percent. 

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Risk

Like all stock funds, this one comes with some risks.

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