Chris Armbruster, portfolio manager for KAR’s Mid Cap Sustainable Growth strategy, believes that, over time, stock prices are a product of the underlying fundamentals of a company. Admittedly, there are plenty of ups and downs in the short term, caused by headlines and macro forces. However, Armbruster regards these factors as just noise and says that “as long as a business is growing, while keeping its eyes on profitability dynamics, experience has shown that the stock price will eventually reflect its progress.”
One bit of noise that is rearing its head today is the upward pressure on interest rates. Anticipation of economic growth, labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, and expansive fiscal and monetary policy have conspired to raise expectations for rising prices and sooner-than-expected rate increases by the Fed.
Growth stocks have exhibited a strong negative correlation to rising rates this year, as much of their cash flows are expected to come in the “out years.” Armbruster believes that as long as there is confidence in the fundamentals of the underlying business, there’s no reason to be less confident that those cash flows will materialize.
Key Contributors and Detractors in Mid Cap Sustainable Growth
Listen to the podcast above to learn more about the top 5 contributors and detractors in KAR’s Mid Cap Sustainable Growth strategy for Q3 2021.
Watching Margins in the Tricky Holiday Season
It’s hard to miss the news about how supply chain issues may impact margins during the upcoming holiday season. The global pandemic wreaked havoc on companies’ ability to source raw materials, disrupted traditional logistics channels, and raised operating costs as a result.
Armbruster believes most of the high-quality companies in the Mid Cap Sustainable Growth portfolio can flex their pricing power muscles to offset these rising costs, passing them on to customers, but cautions that the supply chain turmoil warrants continued monitoring, as it could remain a factor for some time.
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