A fund manager who’s crushing nearly all of her peers breaks down 3 under-the radar stocks driving her strong performance
This article reprint, originally published by Business Insider on September 13, 2018, is considered sales literature only for the Alger funds mentioned and not for any other products shown. Please note that Business Insider is an independent publication and the performance and ratings cited in the article do not represent the experience of any individual investor. Alger Small Cap Focus Fund - Average Annual Total Returns (%) (as of 9/30/18) 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Since Inception Class Z (Incepted 12/29/10) 51.81 28.29 17.57 16.15
Russell 2000 Growth Index
Morningstar Percentile Rank (Small Growth) Based on Total Returns
TotalAnnual Operating Expenses by Class (Prospectus Dated 3/1/18) 0.90%
Only periods greater than 12 months are annualized. Prior to 8/07/15, the Fund followed different investment strategies under the name “Alger Growth Opportunities Fund” and prior to 2/12/15 was managed by a different port- folio manager. Accordingly, performance prior to those dates does not reflect the Fund’s current investment strategies and investment personnel. Effective 8/07/15, the Fund’s primary benchmark is the Russell 2000 Growth Index. Class Z shares are available to certain investors with an initial investment minimum of $500,000. Please consult the prospectus for more information. The performance data quoted represents past performance, which is not an indication or a guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. 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The Fund may have a more concentrated portfolio than other funds, so it may be more vulnerable to changes in the market value of a single issuer and may be more susceptible to risks associated with a single economic, political or regulatory occurrence than a fund that has a more diversi- fied portfolio. Since the Fund concentrates its investments in the health sciences sector, the value of the Fund’s shares may be more volatile than those that do not similarly concentrate their investments. Changes in applicable regulations could adversely affect companies in these industries, and the pace of product development and technologi- cal advancement in comparative companies may result in greater volatility of the price of securities of such companies. Many technology companies have limited operating histories and prices of these companies’ securities have historically been more volatile than other securities due to increased competition, government regulation, and risk of obsolescence due to the progress of technological developments. The Fund may have a significant portion of its assets invested in securities of healthcare companies, which may be significantly affected by intense competition, aggressive pricing, government regulation, technological innovations, product obsolescence, patent considerations, product compatibility and consumer preferences, and may be more volatile than the securities of other companies. The cost of borrowing money to leverage may exceed the returns for the securities purchased or the securities purchased may actually go down in value more quickly than if the Fund had not borrowed. 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Rankings and ratings may be based in part on the performance of a predecessor fund or share class and are calculated by Morningstar using a performance calculation meth- odology that differs from that used by Fred Alger Management, Inc.’s. Differences in the methodologies may lead to variances in calculating total performance returns, in some cases this variance may be significant, thereby potentially affecting the rating/ranking of the Fund(s). When an expense waiver is in effect, it may have a material effect on the total return or yield, and therefore the rating/ranking for the period. As of September 30, 2018, the securities mentioned in this reprint represent the following as a percent of Alger’s assets under management: Veeva Systems, Inc. 0.55%; Cognex Corp. 0.33%; and Apptio Inc. 0.22%. Before investing, carefully consider the Fund’s investment objective, risks, charges, and expenses. 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