JPMorgan Small Cap Growth Fund earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating.
The most significant 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 parent firm's superior risk-adjusted performance, as shown by its average 10-year Morningstar Rating of 3.3 stars, also influences the rating. Lastly, the process is limited by being an actively managed strategy. Historical data, such as Morningstar's Active/Passive Barometer, finds that actively managed funds have generally underperformed their passive counterparts, especially over longer time horizons.
This strategy is similar to its Small Growth category peers in terms of market-cap and style exposure. Examining additional factor exposure, the fund has held stocks with higher trading volumes compared to Morningstar Category Peers in the past few years. Such stocks may have less potential upside than illiquid holdings, but they are easier to trade during market downturns. In recent months, the strategy was more exposed to the Liquidity factor compared with its Morningstar Category peers as well. The strategy has also had a defensive tilt, demonstrated by lower exposure to the quality factor than peers in recent years. This means the fund has avoided holding companies that are consistently profitable, growing, and have solid balance sheets. Lacking this ballast, the fund's prospects could rest on its ability to surpass peers during economic booms. Similarly, in recent months, the strategy also had less exposure to the Quality factor than peers. In addition, this strategy has exhibited a tilt toward higher-volatility stocks in these years, meaning companies that have a higher historical standard deviation of returns compared with peers. Such stocks tend to rise faster and fall harder than the broad market. High-volatility exposure contributes to stronger performance during bull markets, but often at the cost of losing more during downturns. In this month, the strategy also had more exposure to the Volatility factor over its peers. 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 is overweight in technology and consumer cyclical relative to the category average by 3.2 and 3.2 percentage points, respectively. The sectors with low exposure compared to category peers are financial services and communication services, with financial services underweighting the average portfolio by 5.3 percentage points of assets and communication services similar to the average. The portfolio is positioned across 131 holdings and is diversified among those holdings. In its most recent portfolio, 16.1% of the portfolio's assets were concentrated in the top 10 fund holdings, as opposed to the category average's 27.5%. And finally, in terms of portfolio turnover, on a year-over-year basis, 33% of the fund's holdings have changed, whether through increasing, decreasing, or changing a position.