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Duff & Phelps Global Water SMA

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Portfolio Overview

Investment Objective

Seeks attractive long-term returns by investing in what the manager considers high-quality water stocks, targeting pure-play companies, committed to addressing water scarcity, increasing water quality, and enhancing water efficiency.

Investment Philosophy

The strategy seeks attractive returns by investing in companies that specialize in water technologies to address the global water crisis: less than 1% of the earth's water is potable and global demand is rising. Actively managed and attuned to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics, the strategy focuses on market leaders that look to improve water supply, efficiency, and quality.

Investment Partner

Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co.

Duff & Phelps pursues specialized investment strategies with exceptional depth of resources and expertise. Since its earliest beginnings, providing research and analysis of income producing securities to Depression-era investors, the firm's attention has been set on identifying attractive opportunities through active management and fundamental research, while managing the associated risks. Today, building on a distinguished legacy, Duff & Phelps has earned a reputation as a leader in investing in Global Listed Infrastructure, Global Listed Real Estate, Water, and Diversified Real Assets.

Quality. Reliability. Specialization. Since 1932.


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Investment Professionals

David Grumhaus

David D. Grumhaus, Jr.

President and Chief Investment Officer

Industry start date: 1989
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2024

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Nicholas Holmes

Nicholas Holmes, CFA

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, Senior Research Analyst

Industry start date: 2010
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2024

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Additional Resources

Beyond The Surface - Uncovering Water's Investment Potential

Risk Considerations

Market Volatility: The value of the securities in the portfolio may go up or down in response to the prospects of individual companies and/or general economic conditions. Local, regional, or global events such as war or military conflict, terrorism, pandemic, or recession could impact the portfolio, including hampering the ability of the portfolio's manager(s) to invest its assets as intended.
Issuer Risk: The portfolio will be affected by factors specific to the issuers of securities and other instruments in which the portfolio invests, including actual or perceived changes in the financial condition or business prospects of such issuers.
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, medium, or large-sized companies may enhance that risk.
Water-Related Risk: Because the portfolio focuses its investments in water-related companies, it is particularly affected by events or factors relating to this sector, which may increase risk and volatility.
Focused Investments: To the extent the portfolio focuses its investments on a limited number of issuers, sectors, industries or geographic regions, it may be subject to increased risk and volatility.
Foreign Investing: Investing in foreign securities subjects the portfolio to additional risks such as increased volatility; currency fluctuations; less liquidity; less publicly available information about the foreign investment; and political, regulatory, economic, and market risk.
Sustainable Investing: Because the portfolio focuses on investments in companies that the Manager believes exhibit strong environmental, social, and corporate governance records, the portfolio's universe of investments may be smaller than that of other portfolios and broad equity benchmark indices. ESG factors may not be considered for every investment decision and there is no guarantee that the integration of ESG factors will result in better performance.