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Why it Matters

Taking a stance with capital is not just about negative screening. Instead, the idea is to invest in companies that both exhibit strong underlying fundamentals and at the same time, compared to industry group peers, are doing a better job at mitigating material performance risks. So why does this matter? Because it’s an opportunity to invest in better run companies.

 
3X the SP500

Clean Energy

20% higher than average of SP500

Women in Leadership

20-50% lower carbon profile

Low Carbon Fooprint

This is revenue tested

No Weapons

Period

No Tobacco

Period

No Thermal Coal

 
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Stance Equity ESG Large Cap Core

Stance Equity ESG Large Cap Core is a quantitative, actively managed, U.S. large cap strategy. Initially we identify companies that successfully manage sustainability‐related key performance indicators (KPIs) such as energy productivity, carbon intensity, water dependence, and waste profile. Additional KPIs relating to governance include capacity to innovate, unfunded pension fund liabilities, CEO/average worker pay, safety performance, employee turnover, leadership diversity, percentage tax paid, and % bonus linked to sustainability performance.

Excluded from consideration are companies engaged in weapons, tobacco, or thermal coal, as well as companies where women are not meaningfully employed in senior management and board positions.

The second process within Stance Equity tests fundamental financial and risk factors for statistical significance as generators of alpha. The factors compete for inclusion on an annual basis and are adjusted based on accumulated learning. The resulting portfolio represents the intersection of the first two processes. The final process optimizes the portfolio to maximize diversification and reduce correlation.

 
 
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Performance

 
Trailing Period Stance Equity (Net) S&P 500 Index S&P 500 Value Index
Inception Return (Annualized) 12.34% 12.34% 9.30%
Standard Deviation 8.69% 9.60% 9.82%
Beta 0.70 1.00 0.96
Alpha 3.62% 0.00% -2.26%

Performance as of 9/30/18

 
 

ESG Data Sources

Sourced through Corporate Knights Research

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Who We Are

Stance Capital is a Massachusetts-based Registered Investment Advisor, and our clients are individuals, families, endowments, and institutions. We also build products for other investment firms under research and sub-advisory agreements.

Meet Our Team

 

Bill Davis

Prior to forming Stance Capital, LLC, Mr. Davis was co-founder and Managing Director of Empirical Asset Management, and Portfolio Manager on EAM Sustainable Equity, a strategy he launched in 2014.

Kyle Balkissoon

Mr. Balkissoon is an expert and practitioner in quantitative analysis, data science and portfolio management. He has experience spanning banking, energy and capital markets sectors.

 
 
 

Serena Fagan

Serena Fagan is responsible for developing, implementing and executing strategic marketing plans. Serena has experience in Sales and Marketing spanning energy, wealth management and venture capital. Serena holds a B.A. in Science, Technology & Society from Stanford University.

Shivam Patel

Shivam is the Editorial Intern at Stance. A current high school junior with a passion for mathematical finance and socially responsible investing, Shivam has already proven himself as a. thought leader as a contributor at Wall Street Survivor and his financial research at Stanford University under Professor Fuhito Kojima.

Dan Yamron

Mr. Yamron heads client relations and business development at Stance. Before joining the firm, he served in various capital markets roles on Wall Street for over 20 years.

 
 
 

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