The Driehaus Emerging Markets team focuses on investing in emerging markets securities of all capitalizations, through the Driehaus Emerging Markets Growth, Driehaus Emerging Markets Small Cap Growth and Driehaus Emerging Markets Multi-Asset strategies. The strategies provide investors with exposure to companies experiencing growth inflections in addition to positive earnings revisions and medium-term (price) momentum, two factors that are positively correlated to alpha generation. The team is led by portfolio managers Howard Schwab, Chad Cleaver and Richard Thies.
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The strategy seeks to outperform the MSCI Emerging Markets Index over full market cycles.
The strategy strategy aims to outperform MSCI Emerging Markets Small Cap Index.
The strategy seeks to provide superior risk-adjusted returns and higher total return than the MSCI Emerging Markets Index over a full market cycle.
The team employs a growth-oriented investment philosophy focusing on identifying company-specific growth inflection points and exploiting associated marketplace inefficiencies. Our philosophy hinges on a belief that market expectations tend to be ‘anchored’ to historical information and that points of inflection therefore introduce dislocations between market expectations and fundamentals which generate significant alpha capture opportunities. The team combines fundamental, macro and behavioral analysis with a nimble/active investment approach to quickly identify inefficiencies and generate a portfolio which uniquely seeks to achieve superior aggregate growth rates as well as superior risk characteristics.
In a world that remains extremely ripe for headline risks, especially ones that pertain to the markets we invest in, we believe that having balanced risks across asset types and countries will continue to be advantageous for the strategy.
This month’s commentary examines contributors and detractors from Q3 performance, as well as recent portfolio shifts, in greater detail.