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JPMorgan Small Cap Value I PSOPX

Quantitative rating as of | See JPMorgan Investment Hub
  • NAV / 1-Day Return 26.96  /  0.86 %
  • Total Assets 1.4 Bil
  • Adj. Expense Ratio
  • Expense Ratio 0.940%
  • Distribution Fee Level Average
  • Share Class Type Institutional
  • Category Small Value
  • Investment Style Small Value
  • Min. Initial Investment 1,000,000
  • Status Open
  • TTM Yield 0.93%
  • Turnover 56%

Morningstar’s Analysis PSOPX

Quantitative rating as of .

The Morningstar Quantitative Rating for funds is analogous to the rating our analyst might assign to the fund if they covered it.

Our analysts assign Bronze ratings to strategies they’re confident will outperform a relevant index, or most peers, over a market cycle.



JPMorgan Small Cap Value I’s strong process and parent firm are the foundation for this strategy's Morningstar Quantitative Rating of Bronze. The portfolio maintains a sizable cost advantage over competitors, priced within the second-lowest fee quintile among peers.

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 a significant underweight position in quality exposure and an overweight in volatility exposure compared with category peers. Low quality exposure is attributed to stocks with higher financial leverage and lower profitability. And high volatility exposure is rooted in stocks that have a higher standard deviation of returns. The strategy belongs to a strong asset-management firm that earns an Above Average Parent Pillar rating. The firm, for example, has had a competitive lineup success ratio and overall low fees. Finally, the strategy's longest-tenured manager is experienced, but still gets an Average People Pillar rating.


| Above Average |

Morningstar's style-agnostic evaluation of this fund's process seeks to understand whether the strategy has a performance objective and sensible, clearly defined, repeatable execution. JPMorgan Small Cap Value Fund earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating.

This strategy tends to hold smaller, more undervalued companies compared with its average peer in the Small Value Morningstar Category. Looking at additional factor exposure, this strategy tilts toward low-quality stocks or the shares of companies with more financial leverage and lower profitability. These are not defensive holdings. The strategy is also historically less exposed to the factor compared with Morningstar Category peers. The managers have also shown an overweight risk tilt, demonstrated by high-volatility exposure. These stocks are at their best when markets are as well. High-volatility exposure contributes to stronger performance during bull markets at the cost of losing more on the downside. And compared with category peers, the strategy historically has had more exposure. Additionally, the managers do not exhibit a tilt toward momentum-oriented stocks, those currently on a winning streak. The latest portfolio has about average exposure compared with others in the equity fund universe. Momentum is based on the premise that stocks that have recently outperformed will continue to, and those that have underperformed will stay behind. 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 healthcare and real estate relative to the average peer in its category by 6.2 and 5.2 percentage points in terms of assets, respectively. The sectors with low exposure compared to their category peers are consumer cyclical and industrials, underweight the average by 6.2 and 4.7 percentage points of assets, respectively. The portfolio is positioned across 429 holdings and assets are more dispersed than peers in the category. In particular, 9.5% of the portfolio's assets are concentrated in the top 10 fund holdings, compared to the category’s 29.5% average. And in closing, in terms of portfolio turnover, this fund trades more frequently than its average peer, potentially racking up additional expenses for investors and creating a drag on performance.


| Average |

The team at JPMorgan Small Cap Value Fund has the benefit of an experienced longest-tenured manager and experienced portfolio managers, but is still relatively unexceptional, earning the strategy an Average People Pillar rating. The team is backed by Phillip D. Hart, the longest-tenured manager on the strategy, who provides 12 years of portfolio management experience. The average Morningstar Rating of the strategies they currently manage is 2.9 stars, demonstrating average risk-adjusted performance. The team boasts an experienced corps of listed portfolio managers, with four others supporting Phillip D. Hart. Together they average 10 years of portfolio management experience. As a team, they manage three investment vehicles together, with solid long-term prospects. The strategies average a Bronze asset-weighted combined Morningstar Analyst and Quantitative Rating, indicating a position to deliver positive alpha in aggregate.


| Above Average |

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

As of 2022, this investment stalwart manages more than USD 2.5 trillion in AUM. Composed of various cohorts globally and a diverse set of 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.



This strategy's Institutional share class has had varying fortunes. It has been successful over the short term but has been weak over the long term. Over the past five years, the fund outperformed the category index, the Russell 2000 Value Index, by 40 basis points, and mirrored the category's average return. More importantly, when looking across a longer horizon, the fund missed the mark. On a 10-year basis, this share class fell behind the index by an annualized 26 basis points.

The share class failed to beat the index with a lower Sharpe ratio, a measure of risk-adjusted returns, over the trailing 10-year period. But notably, these subpar risk-adjusted results have not come with a rockier ride for investors. This strategy took on similar risk as the benchmark, as measured by standard deviation.



It is important to be aware of fees, as lower-cost investments maximize investors' returns. This share class is in the second-cheapest quintile of its Morningstar Category. Its competitive fee, in conjunction with the fund’s People, Process, and Parent Pillars, indicates that this share class should be able to deliver positive alpha versus its category benchmark, leading to its Morningstar Quantitative Rating of Bronze.