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Fund Insights: Why Mackenzie US Mid Cap Growth Class

Using history as a guide, investors have an opportunity to capture strong risk-adjusted returns with US mid cap stocks. US mid cap companies have market capitalizations ranging from US$2 billion to US$20 billion, and can offer a risk-return “sweet spot” between small, fast-growing businesses and large, established companies.

The Mid Cap's sweet spot

Key benefits of US mid cap investments

  • US mid caps provide the stability of large caps with the growth potential of small caps.
  • Historically, US mid caps have provided favourable risk/return characteristics. This can counterbalance a conservatively-positioned portfolio without going too far out on the risk curve.
  • Fewer Wall Street analysts cover mid caps than large caps. Less coverage is an opportunity for active managers to outperform.
  • US mid cap stocks have greater takeover potential.

As shown by the chart below, over the last 20 years the Russell Mid Cap Index has outperformed both the Russell 2000 Index and S&P 500 Index, with lower standard deviation than the Russell 2000 Index.

Growth of $10,000 over 20 years

Growth of $10000

Source: Morningstar Direct, as of April 30, 2019
* Standard deviation provides a measure of the variability of returns that have occurred relative to the average return. The higher the standard deviation, the greater is the range of returns that has been experienced. Standard deviation is commonly used as a measure of risk.

Mackenzie US Mid Cap Growth Class: An "All Weather" Fund

  • The Mackenzie Growth Team is focused on owning high quality, innovative, secular growth businesses that will perform well across market cycles.
  • Portfolio positioning has become more defensive as we continue into the later stages of the market cycle. Over the last three years, the portfolio has transitioned from higher to lower volatility stocks; investing in companies that are less sensitive to the economy. The companies operate in newer industries that have a long-term growth trajectory.
  • The Fund’s holdings can do well in a rising economy, but also perform reasonably well in a difficult economic environment, contributing to the “all-weather” nature of the portfolio. This has resulted in lower downside capture relative to the peer group over 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods.

Percentage of Downside Market Capture

Percentage of Downside Market Capture

Source: Morningstar Direct, as of April 30, 2019.
Down capture ratio calculated against the Russell 2500 TR Index. Downside capture shows how much the fund declined relative to the index. For example, if the market went down 10% and the fund had a downside capture of 80%, this would mean the fund went down 8% over the period.


  1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Since Inception*
Mackenzie US Mid Cap Growth Class – Series F 26.9% 20.5% 16.1% 16.0% 12.1%
Russell 2500 Total Return Index** 13.2% 16.0% 13.6% 16.4% 10.1%
Morningstar US Small/Mid Cap Equity Peer Group 7.7% 11.7% 10.3% 14.2% 7.6%
Peers beaten 99% 97% 90% 81% 98%

Source: Morningstar Direct (3-, 5-, and 10-year returns are annualized returns), as of April 30, 2019. *Inception of Mackenzie US Mid Cap Growth Class – Series F was on January 9, 2003. **The Fund’s benchmark was changed in March 2017 from the Russell Mid Cap TR Index to the Russell 2500 TR Index, in order to better reflect the holdings in the portfolio.

To learn more about Mackenzie US Mid Cap Growth Class, please contact your financial advisor.

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