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Midcap Growth Focus Fund

Midcap Growth Focus Fund

2Q21 Commentary1

As we turn to the second half of the year, the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt. As we highlighted for you last quarter, heading into the spring there were significant enthusiasm and expectations for a U.S. and global economic recovery as vaccination rates climbed around the world and exposure-related immunity spread. At that time, 10-year Treasury yields had increased 83 basis points, and sectors that were flirting with bankruptcy in 2020 were leading market returns. However, as we transitioned through the second quarter, a distinctly different narrative began to emerge. Inflation concerns intensified for a time, led by tightness in global supply chains and the rapid rise of certain commodity prices, although it now appears they have largely peaked. While demand for certain sectors like housing remains strong, transaction volume has slowed as high prices and low supply have curbed buyer momentum.

Federal Reserve officials addressed the emerging inflation concerns over the second quarter by acknowledging certain price pressures while suggesting they appeared to be somewhat transitory in nature, and by highlighting progress towards Fed policy goals. Yet the minutes of the latest Fed meeting indicated that Fed governors were open to reducing the pace of asset purchases earlier than previously anticipated, suggesting that they were sensitive to possible inflation concerns. Although markets were initially rattled by this potential shift in Fed perspective, the combination of apparent price peaks in different commodity markets and subsequent Fed commentary emphasizing accommodation seemed to calm market and inflation fears to some extent.

Another market factor during the quarter was the more widespread emergence of COVID-19 variants, which appear to be more easily transmissible than standard COVID-19 and may potentially reduce the effectiveness of vaccines, as evidenced by recent data out of Israel and the U.K. Concerns regarding these variants may continue to be a determining factor in the uneven trajectory of the worldwide economic recovery.

On the political front, while the Biden administration highlighted a series of spending proposals earmarked at greater than $4 trillion, it appears the relative balance between the power of political parties in both the House and Senate is forcing more measured outcomes, as evidenced by a recent Senate infrastructure  compromise, which will likely result in moderated expectations for measures addressing the administration's taxation and spending priorities. While recent job trends have been supportive of a re-opening economy, a significant disconnect involves apparent limits on the supply of workers available to accept new jobs, perhaps in part because of ongoing unemployment benefit payments. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics there were 9.2 million job openings at the end of May. It appears a more holistic approach to job formation may be necessary, including elements such as improvements in job training and rethinking some of the wage assistance programs already underway.

The transition away from an economy mainly supported by the Federal Reserve and strong fiscal stimulus to a healthier business-driven rebound should lead the economy to a more sustainable future in 2022 and 2023, although the market environment is likely to prove bumpy. A combination of these forces is perhaps most evident in the 10-year Treasury yield's decline of 75 basis points from the first quarter and the recent leadership of growth stocks. We believe this environment is likely to persist for the next several quarters. .

In terms of market capitalization, large cap gains were almost double than that of small stocks during the quarter, as the Russell 10002,3 and Russell 20002,3  indexes posted quarterly returns of 8.54% and 4.29%, respectively. An even larger gap of outperformance was present among investment styles as growth stocks were clearly in favor. The Russell 1000 Growth2,3 and the Russell 1000 Value2,3 indexes posted quarterly returns of 11.93% and 5.21%, respectively.

The Marsico Midcap Growth Focus Fund posted a return of +6.39% for the second quarter, underperforming its benchmark, the Russell Midcap Growth Index2,3, which returned +11.07.

 Primary Detractors5: Stock selection in the Information Technology sector4 was weak and had the largest negative effect on performance during the quarter. In particular, several Software & Services positions lagged the benchmark index return. Stock selection was weak in several other sectors including Industrials, Consumer Discretionary and Health Care.

 Primary Contributors5: Stock selection in the Communication Services sector had the largest positive impact on performance during the quarter where the collective total return of the Fund's holdings outperformed that of the benchmark index by more than +15%. A lack of exposure to one of the weakest-performing sectors of the benchmark index, Consumer Staples, added positively to performance. Stock selection in the Financials sector contributed a touch to results as well.

For more information, please click here for the Marsico Midcap Growth Focus Fund Quarterly Investment Update.


1 Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. A Fund's performance, especially for short time periods, should not be the sole factor in making an investment decision. Please keep in mind that our views on investments discussed herein are subject to change at any time and the holdings represented here do not represent all of the securities purchased, sold, or recommended by Marsico Capital Management, LLC ("MCM"). Certain less-material factors may not be presented.

2 The Russell Midcap Growth Index (the “Underlying Index”) measures the performance of the mid-capitalization growth sector of the U.S. equity market, and is composed of mid-capitalization U.S. equities that exhibit growth characteristics. It is a subset of the Russell Midcap® Index, which measures the performance of the mid-capitalization sector of the U.S. equity market. The Underlying Index measures the performance of equity securities of Russell Midcap Index issuers with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth.  The Russell 1000 Index measures the performance of the large-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe. It is a subset of the Russell 3000 Index and includes approximately 1000 of the largest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership, and includes the reinvestment of dividends. The Russell 2000 Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe. The Russell 2000 Index is a subset of the Russell 3000® Index representing approximately 10% of the total market capitalization of that index. It includes approximately 2000 of the smallest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership, and includes the reinvestment of dividends. The Russell 1000 Growth Index measures the performance of the large-cap growth segment of the U.S. equity universe. It includes those Russell 1000 companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth values, and includes the reinvestment of dividends. The Russell 1000 Value Index measures the performance of the large-cap value segment of the U.S. equity universe. It includes those Russell 1000 companies with lower price-to-book ratios and lower expected growth values, and includes the reinvestment of dividends.
The indexes mentioned above are unmanaged and not available for direct investment. For comparison purposes, it should be noted that the indexes do not charge fees and have no expenses

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Sector and industry weightings are determined using the Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”). GICS was developed by and is the exclusive property and service mark of MSCI Inc. (“MSCI”) and Standard & Poor’s (“S&P”), and is licensed for use by MCM. Neither MSCI, S&P, MCM, nor any third party involved in compiling GICS makes any express or implied warranties or representations with respect to such standard or classification (or the results from use thereof), and all such parties hereby expressly disclaim all warranties of originality, accuracy, completeness, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to any such standard or classification. MSCI, S&P, and MCM, and any of their affiliates or third parties involved in compiling GICS shall not have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of the possibility of such damages.

Source: UMB Fund Services, Inc., FactSet and Marsico Capital Management, LLC (“MCM”). Data shown such as portfolio holdings, percentages, country, and sector weightings generally applied on the date shown above, and may have changed substantially since then. References to specific securities and sectors are not recommendations to buy or sell such securities or related investments.

 

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