Litman Gregory Masters Funds Concept

What is the concept behind the Litman Gregory Masters Funds?

Litman Gregory created the Litman Gregory Masters Funds with the objective of isolating the stock-picking skills of a group of highly rega

Why does Litman Gregory believe concentrated portfolios can deliver better long-term performance?

First, it is worth noting that we don’t believe that all stock pickers are able to add value through concentrated investing. We also don’t believe concentration will result in higher returns in all time periods. However, for skilled, high-conviction stock pickers, we believe there is the potential to deliver higher returns over the long run with a concentrated portfolio.

If concentrating on only their best ideas increases a manager’s ability to beat a benchmark, why don’t all managers concentrate?

There are three broad reasons why more managers don’t concentrate their portfolios to a greater degree. First, as we noted, not all managers have approaches that would benefit from concentration. For example, a top-down manager who seeks to identify industries or regions likely to perform well might want to own a larger number of names to ensure good representation in that area. Second, even managers who emphasize bottom-up company research may not feel comfortable with the risks entailed in owning a smaller number of names, so they add more names to reduce overall portfolio risk.

Why does Litman Gregory believe in closing each fund at a pre-determined asset level?

We believe flexibility is important. Ideally, a stock picker should be able to efficiently buy and sell stocks at the prices they deem attractive. They should be able to do this without their own trading volume influencing the price of the stock being bought or sold. However, when an investment firm runs too much money it may take a long time to buy or sell a full position because the number of shares being bought or sold may make up many days of the stock’s average daily trading volume.