over 1 year ago • 1 min
This year’s bear market has been tough for professional investors: of the 1,342 actively managed US stock funds tracked by The Wall Street Journal, only 32 managed to end the last 12-month period in positive territory.
Of those, the one that performed best was the Federated Hermes Strategic Value Dividend Fund (ticker: SVAIX, expense ratio: 0.94%): you can see above that it’s up almost 12% over the last year, and almost 5% in 2022 alone. The fund’s strategy is simple: buy stakes in businesses that pay out large dividends, that have a record of regularly raising those dividends, and that have the ability to continue doing so.
As for how you can replicate this resilient portfolio, the fund’s factsheet is a good place to start: it shows that 19% of the fund is invested in healthcare, 17% in consumer staples, 15% in energy, 14% in utilities, 13% in communication services, and another 13% in financials stocks. The biggest single company holdings in the fund – each representing over 4% of the fund’s total investments – are tobacco company Philip Morris International, telecoms giant Verizon, and French energy titan Total.
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