Investing in Crisis
Whitney George, Chief Investment Officer: "You never know what’s going to trip the market — it wasn’t the trade wars, it wasn’t the impeachment proceedings, it ended up being a virus. But it did deflate the debt-fueled bubble that existed in many assets globally, and as a value investor that should be your time to shine."
Warren Buffett captures an essential truth about investing when he says, “It's only when the tide goes out that you learn who's been swimming naked.” The market tide has certainly delivered its share of eye-opening moments over the past two months.
John Heins, President and Editor-in-Chief of Value Investor Insight, interviews Sprott President Whitney George on his "value" investing approach in these challenging times.
|1||Average Market Cap is a weighted calculation that uses each portfolio holding’s market cap in a way designed to not skew the effect of very large or small holdings; instead, it aims to better identify the portfolio’s center, which Sprott believes offers a more accurate measure of average market cap than a simple mean or median.|
|2||Since Inception (SI) date is 11/1/1996. FUND was formerly Royce Focus Trust, from its inception to March 8, 2015 and was managed by Royce & Associaties, LLC. Effective March 9, 2015, Royce Focus Trust became Sprott Focus Trust.|
|3||These returns are not annualized.|
|4||The Price-Earnings, or P/E, Ratio is calculated by dividing a company’s share price by its trailing 12-month earnings-per-share (EPS). The Fund’s P/E Ratio calculation excludes companies with zero or negative earnings (6.8% of holdings as of 6/30/2022).|
|5||The Price-to-Book, or P/B, Ratio is calculated by dividing a company’s share price by its book value per share. This weighted calculation evaluates a portfolio as if it were a single stock and measures it overall. It compares the total market value of the portfolio to the portfolio’s share in the earnings or book value, as the case may be, of its underlying stocks.|
|6||Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) is calculated by dividing the estimated net profit by the sum of the estimated shareholder equity and total debt of the security.|
|7||Leverage is calculated by dividing the estimated Total Assets by Total Equity of a security.|
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