JPMorgan Small Cap Blend Fund earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating.
The leading factor in the rating is the fund's excellent long-term risk-adjusted performance. This can be seen in its five-year alpha calculated relative to the category index, which suggests that the managers have shown skill in their allocation of risk. The parent firm's five-year risk-adjusted success ratio of 57% also influences the rating. 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. Their noteworthy success ratio suggests that the firm does well for investors and that this fund may benefit from that. 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 has more exposure to the Growth factor than the Small Blend Morningstar Category average. But in terms of market capitalization, it is on par with peers. Analyzing additional factors, this strategy tilts consistently toward stocks with lower quality or the shares of companies with more financial leverage and lower profitability, compared with Morningstar Category peers over the past few years. Lacking this ballast, the fund's prospects could rest on its ability to beat peers during economic booms. In the latest month, the strategy was also less exposed to the Quality factor compared with Morningstar Category peers. This strategy has had lower exposure to momentum stocks over peers in recent years. Momentum strategies typically bet that stocks that have recently outperformed will continue to do so, and those that have recently underperformed will keep lagging. Avoiding the former and buying the latter could indicate that managers are averse to chasing momentum. Similarly, in recent months, the strategy also had less exposure to the Momentum 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. This orientation tends to pay off most prominently when markets are hot. 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 by 3.1 percentage points in terms of assets compared with the category average, and its healthcare allocation is similar to the category. The sectors with low exposure compared to category peers are financial services and real estate; however, the allocations are similar to the category. The strategy owns 241 securities and is less top-heavy than peers. Specifically, 9.9% of the portfolio's assets are concentrated within the top 10 fund holdings, compared to the category’s 23.5% average. And finally, in terms of portfolio turnover, looking at year-over-year movements, 37% of the fund's holdings have changed, whether through increasing, decreasing, or changing a position.