So Capital Group's early leaders researched and documented the information. These leaders used their statistical backgrounds along with various information sources when evaluating companies.
By the 1960s, Capital Group had become a global investing trailblazer, investing in companies outside the U.S. Yet again, we found that statistical information and investment data for non-U.S. markets were scarce.
So we created the Capital International indexes, now known as the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) indexes, to help evaluate companies and compare their results with global competitors. In other words, we put the CI in MSCI.
Today, we maintain our high standards as we evaluate the depth and breadth of a company. But we know that numbers are only part of the picture.
That’s why, when we research companies, it’s much more than a site visit. We want to know both upper management and the employees on the ground.
Our equity analysts also collaborate with our fixed income analysts, who draw on deep research across sectors, including rates, credit, mortgages and currencies.
Meetings are essential to our research. Our investment professionals conducted more than 21,000 meetings with companies in 2022.
All data as of December 31, 2022.
One of our investment professionals has been covering Mattel for so long that he may know the business culture better than many of its former leaders. As Greg Wendt, a Capital Group portfolio manager explains,
We also believe that it’s the management team behind a company that drives its success, which makes our face-to-face research invaluable. As one of our leaders said in the early days of our business, “The only difference between Chrysler Corporation and its predecessor [the struggling Maxwell Motor Company] is Walter Chrysler.”
For example, to understand companies in the steel industry in the U.S., investors must have insight into the steel industry in Europe, Japan and China.
At Capital Group, we have a global research team with extensive scale and scope, covering both equity and fixed income investing. With 48% of our portfolio managers and analysts living outside the U.S. in cities like Geneva, London, Tokyo, Singapore, Mumbai, Shanghai and Hong Kong, we can closely follow trade and other global issues like few others can.
When it comes to our research team, these are the numbers to know:
Source: Capital Group. As of December 31, 2022.
*As of 2/17/23. There is 2.7% of manager ownership unaccounted for by Morningstar's calculation at the time data was pulled. Capital Group's manager ownership in previous years has been consistently around the 99th percentile.
†Capital Group, based on Morningstar data as of 2/17/23. All funds included in the analysis are non-index (active funds), based on oldest share class. Manager ownership information classified as "inconsistent" by Morningstar is not included. If fund liquidated or merged, this information is as of the latest Statement of Additional Information.
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