American Century Investments® Launches Separately Managed Accounts

February 25, 2019 - Kansas City, Mo.

As part of a broader effort to provide clients with multiple ways to access its investment expertise, American Century Investments recently launched separately managed accounts (SMAs).

The products are particularly important to financial advisors and their clients located in the United States, according to Sr. Vice President & Global Head of Products Glen Casey. "However, while our initial focus of SMA model delivery is the U.S., we're seeing demand for this format from various client groups around the globe."

SMAs are portfolios of individual securities managed on behalf of a client by a professional asset management firm. The end user owns the individual securities, which can offer control, customization and transparency. In addition to being managed by investment professionals, SMAs allow investors holding individual securities the flexibility to implement account-specific, tax-efficient strategies. Underlying holdings can be excluded at the client's request to address specific needs such as social responsibility or diversification. Also, investors receive robust access to holdings and transactions history to help them effectively monitor performance.

American Century Investments has been incubating four model portfolios as part of its initial market entry plan, but the firm expects to expand the offering over time. The portfolios generally each contain around 40—60 stocks and will be delivered as a model portfolio to be implemented by the SMA sponsor firm.

Following are details on the model portfolios. Two of the portfolios—Focused Dynamic Growth SMA and Large Company Value SMA—are currently available. The other two—Sustainable Equity SMA and Focused International Growth SMA—will be available next month.

Focused Dynamic Growth SMA

Investment strategy: Invests in stocks of large-growth companies demonstrating early and rapid stage growth with the potential to increase in value over time.

Investment objective: Seeks long-term capital growth.

Key differentiators:

  • Focuses on early, rapid growth
  • Team offers unique insights
  • Style-pure growth strategy

Sustainable Equity SMA

Investment strategy: Invests in large-cap stocks demonstrating improvement in business fundamentals and sustainable corporate behaviors.

Investment objective: Seeks long-term capital growth. Income is a secondary objective.

Key differentiators:

  • Improvement and sustainability
  • Comprehensive ESG growth
  • Risk-aware stock selection

Large Company Value SMA

Investment strategy: Invests in large-cap, high-quality companies that we believe are temporarily selling at a discount.

Investment objective: Seeks long-term capital growth. Income is a secondary objective.

Key differentiators:

  • Focus on quality
  • Balance of risk and return
  • Consistent approach

Focused International Growth SMA

Investment strategy: Invests in companies outside the U.S. demonstrating early and sustainable accelerating growth.

Investment objective: Seeks capital growth.

Key differentiators:

  • Distinct growth philosophy
  • Risk-aware stock selection
  • Collaborative team


About American Century Investments

American Century Investments is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives. Founded in 1958, American Century Investments' 1,300 employees serve investment professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors from offices in New York; London; Hong Kong; Sydney; Mountain View, Calif.; and Kansas City, Mo. Jonathan S. Thomas is president and chief executive officer, and Victor Zhang serves as chief investment officer. Delivering investment results to clients enables American Century Investments to distribute over 40 percent of its dividends to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit basic biomedical research organization. The Institute owns more than 40 percent of American Century Investments and has received dividend payments of $1.4 billion since 2000.

* Assets under management as of 12/31/2018.

Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs) are investment services provided by American Century Investment Management, Inc. (ACIM) a federally registered investment advisor. SMAs are not available for purchase directly through ACIM. Client portfolios are managed based on investment instructions or advice provided by the client's advisor or program sponsor. Management and performance of individual accounts may differ from those of the model portfolio as a result of advice or instruction by the client's advisor, account size, client-imposed restrictions, different implementation practices, the timing of client investments, market conditions, contributions, withdrawals and other factors.

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This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed are those of the investment portfolio team and are no guarantee of the future performance of any American Century Investments' portfolio. Statements regarding specific holdings represent personal views and compensation has not been received in connection with such views. This information is not intended to serve as investment advice. References to specific securities are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended as recommendations to purchase or sell securities. No offer of any security is made hereby.

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