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A Deep Dive into KAR Mid-Cap Growth with Doug Foreman

Doug Foreman

Doug Foreman, CFA
Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager
Kayne Anderson Rudnick

In this recorded interview, Kayne Anderson Rudnick CIO Doug Foreman discusses the opportunities available in the mid-cap equity space and the high-quality strategy behind the Virtus KAR Mid-Cap Growth Fund, which he has managed since 2012. Replay of a call held February 25, 2020, moderated by Barry Mandinach, Executive Vice President, Virtus Investment Partners.


Topics covered:
• What makes mid-cap stocks special, and why they deserve a spot in an investor’s portfolio
• How the Mid-Cap Growth strategy compares to other KAR portfolios – similarities and differences
• The kinds of companies KAR owns in the portfolio, using software businesses as an example.
• Expectations for Mid-Cap Growth over full market cycles and emphasis on quality
• Why Active Mid-Cap Growth over Passive?
• Characteristics of top 10 holdings and how they are selected – “We water our flowers, and pull our weeds.”
• An example of a stock that illustrates the Fund’s emphasis on high quality businesses

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Equity Securities: The market price of equity securities may be adversely affected by financial market, industry, or issuer-specific events. Focus on a particular style or on small or medium-sized companies may enhance that risk. Prospectus: For additional information on risks, please see the fund’s prospectus.

Morningstar Ratings for PICMX as of 12/31/19 for the overall, 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods are 5 stars, 5 stars, 5 stars, and 4 stars out of 565, 565, 501, and 385 Mid-Cap Growth funds, respectively.

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