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JPMorgan US Sustainable Leaders A JICAX

Medalist Rating as of | See JPMorgan Investment Hub
  • NAV / 1-Day Return 66.13  /  +0.14 %
  • Total Assets 203.6 Mil
  • Adj. Expense Ratio
  • Expense Ratio 0.640%
  • Distribution Fee Level Low
  • Share Class Type Front Load
  • Category Large Blend
  • Investment Style Large Growth
  • Min. Initial Investment 1,000
  • Status Open
  • TTM Yield 0.76%
  • Turnover 39%

USD | NAV as of Feb 23, 2024 | 1-Day Return as of Feb 23, 2024, 11:54 PM GMT+0


Morningstar’s Analysis JICAX

Medalist rating as of .

JPMorgan US Sustainable Leaders A’s management team is rated Average, but a solid investment process still helps this strategy retain its Morningstar Medalist Rating of Bronze.

Our research team assigns Bronze ratings to strategies they’re confident will outperform a relevant index, or most peers, over a market cycle on a risk-adjusted basis.

JPMorgan US Sustainable Leaders A’s management team is rated Average, but a solid investment process still helps this strategy retain its Morningstar Medalist Rating of Bronze.

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The strategy charges fees in line with its similarly distributed peers, priced within the middle quintile.

The strategy's investment process inspires confidence and earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating. Independent of the rating, analysis of the strategy's portfolio shows it has maintained an overweight in liquidity exposure and volatility exposure compared with category peers. High liquidity exposure is attributed to stocks with a high trading volume, lending managers more flexibility. And high volatility exposure is rooted in stocks that have a higher standard deviation of returns. The strategy’s management team earns an Average People Pillar rating. The strategy's parent organization earns the firm an Above Average Parent Pillar rating. People Pillar and Parent Pillar ratings for this strategy are indirectly assigned by a Morningstar analyst rather than algorithmically derived. Please see the notes following each pillar section for more details. The details of assigning methods can be found in each pillar section.

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Morningstar's style-agnostic investment process evaluation looks for strategies that should be able to outperform their Morningstar Category index on a risk-adjusted basis over time.

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Above Average

JPMorgan U.S. Sustainable Leaders Fd earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating.

The main contributor to the rating is the parent firm's five-year risk-adjusted success ratio of 57%. The measure indicates the percentage of a firm's funds that survived and beat their respective category's median Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return for the period. The stability of talent across its parent firm also contributes to the process. The firm's asset-weighted manager tenure of 16 years demonstrates its ability to retain portfolio managers. Lastly, the process is limited by being an actively managed strategy. Historical data, like Morningstar's Active/Passive Barometer, finds that actively managed funds have generally underperformed their passive counterparts, especially over longer time horizons.

This strategy, over time, has preferred smaller market-cap companies, compared with others in the Large Blend Morningstar Category. But in terms of style (value/growth) exposure, it is similar. Looking at additional factor exposure, the fund has held stocks with higher trading volumes compared to Morningstar Category Peers in the past few years. More-liquid assets are easier to buy and sell without adversely moving their prices and tend to provide some ballast during market selloffs. They also are easier to sell to meet redemptions if a host of investors decide to leave the fund in a short period of time. In recent months, the strategy was more exposed to the Liquidity factor compared with its Morningstar Category peers as well. This strategy also has had an overweight bias to the volatility factor over these years, meaning it has owned companies that have a higher historical standard deviation of returns. This is a higher-risk, higher-reward approach. Compared with category peers, the strategy also had more exposure to the Volatility factor in the most recent month. Additionally, the strategy had less exposure to high-quality stocks compared with Morningstar Category peers in recent months. Lacking this ballast, the fund's prospects will rest on its ability to surpass peers during economic booms. More information on a fund and its respective category's factor exposure can be found in the Factor Profile module within the Portfolio section.

The portfolio has allocations in its top two sectors, technology and financial services, that are similar to the category. The sectors with low exposure compared to category peers are consumer defensive and energy, with consumer defensive underweighting the average portfolio by 2.7 percentage points of assets and energy similar to the average. The portfolio is composed of 75 holdings and its assets are more dispersed than peers in the category. In particular, 39.1% of the fund’s assets are concentrated in the top 10 fund holdings, compared to the category average's 50.5%. And in closing, in terms of portfolio turnover, this fund trades less regularly than the typical peer in its category, which may result in a lower cost to investors.

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JPMorgan U.S. Sustainable Leaders Fd earns an Average People Pillar rating.

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The strategy is backed by Andrew Stern, the longest-tenured manager, who has been a listed portfolio manager for five years. The average Morningstar Rating of the strategies they currently manage is 3.0 stars, demonstrating average risk-adjusted performance. Andrew Stern draws on only two other listed supporting managers. Although, together they are adequately equipped, with eight years of average listed portfolio management experience. The management team is invested in the fund, but the maximum investment by any manager is between$ 100,000 and$ 500,000. An investment of more than$ 1 million would be ideal to align managers' interests with those of the fund's investors.

Note: The People Pillar rating is indirectly assigned by an analyst. The longest-tenured manager of the fund also manages a different product rated by an analyst. Their analyst-assigned People Pillar rating is combined here with the People scores (algorithmic or analyst-assigned) for the fund’s other managers on a tenure-weighted basis.

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A well-resourced, thoughtful, and disciplined steward of client assets, JPMorgan Asset Management maintains an Above Average Parent rating.

Associate Director Emory Zink

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Above Average

As of 2022, this investment stalwart manages more than USD 2.5 trillion in AUM. Composed of various global cohorts and diverse asset classes, the firm has more tightly integrated its capabilities in recent years, notably through the development of proprietary analytical and risk systems. Investment teams are robustly staffed and helmed by seasoned contributors. The firm’s strategies tend to produce reliable portfolios, and several flagship offerings are Morningstar Medalists. Manager incentives align with fundholders'; compensation reflects longer-term performance factors, and portfolio managers invest in the firm’s strategies as part of their compensation plans.

The firm’s funds tend to be well-priced, but they aren’t as competitive as many highly regarded peers of similar scale. Recent product launches include thematic and single-country strategies, both of which carry the potential for volatile performance and flows, along with misuse by investors. The firm remains intrepid when it comes to developing an environmental, social, and governance-focused framework and continues to move into other areas such as direct indexing through its 55iP acquisition and China through its joint venture, but these complicated initiatives take time to assess any real and lasting effect.

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This strategy’s A share class' long-term performance is mixed depending on the yardstick used.

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It has provided superior returns compared with peers, but subpar returns compared with the category benchmark. Over a 10-year period, this share class outperformed the category’s average return by 1.2 percentage points annualized. Despite the solid performance against its peers, it did not extend when compared to the category index, Russell 1000 Index, where it trailed by an annualized 81 basis points over the same period.

When adjusting for risk, this fund is not compelling. The share class trailed the index with a lower Sharpe ratio, a measure of risk-adjusted returns, over the trailing 10-year period. This subpar risk-adjusted performance has not resulted in higher volatility, as measured by their standard deviation, which is close to the benchmark. Finally, the share class proved itself ineffective as it was unable to generate alpha, over the same 10-year period, against the category group index: a benchmark that encapsulates the performance of the broader asset class.

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Low-cost investments routinely outperform high-cost investments.

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Thus, assessing cost is a critical step in any investment evaluation. This share class imposes a fee that ranks in its Morningstar Category's middle quintile. Despite this fee, the fund’s People, Process, and Parent Pillars indicate this share class can produce positive alpha relative to its category benchmark, resulting in a Morningstar Medalist Rating of Bronze.

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Portfolio Holdings JICAX

  • Current Portfolio Date
  • Equity Holdings
  • Bond Holdings
  • Other Holdings
  • % Assets in Top 10 Holdings 38.9
Top 10 Holdings
% Portfolio Weight
Market Value USD

Microsoft Corp

8.18 15.5 Mil

Apple Inc

6.29 11.9 Mil

Alphabet Inc Class A

4.67 8.8 Mil
Communication Services Inc

3.78 7.2 Mil
Consumer Cyclical

Mastercard Inc Class A

3.64 6.9 Mil
Financial Services


3.33 6.3 Mil

Costco Wholesale Corp

2.53 4.8 Mil
Consumer Defensive

UnitedHealth Group Inc

2.51 4.8 Mil

Bank of America Corp

2.10 4.0 Mil
Financial Services

Boston Scientific Corp

1.85 3.5 Mil