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Principal Blue Chip Fund (PBLAX)

When CEOs have a vested interest, you invest in their passion to succeed. Explore a bolder alternative to index investing.

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Blue Chip Fund Overview

  • ~80% active share, whereas most large-cap funds stick closer to the index 1
  • Seeks to provide downside protection by offering:
    - Owner-operators with aligned incentives and long-term view
    - High-quality companies that trade at a discount to their intrinsic value
    - Focus on reducing risk at every step of the process
  • A portfolio of high-quality companies and best ideas
  • Tickers: PBLAX (Class A), PBLCX (Class C), PBCKX (Class I)
  • Available in SMA format

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Add an owner-operator advantage to portfolios

Principal Blue Chip Fund is invested with the belief that CEOs with considerable stock ownership produce better results over time because their interests are aligned with shareholders.


It's personal

  • These CEOs have ownership that makes their compensation relatively meaningless
  • Studies find they spend nearly 39.6% less on themselves than other CEOs2

Bigger picture

  • High-ownership CEOs are in the job longer (avg. tenure of 13.9 years vs 5.7 years for other CEOs)3
  • Long-term view and aligned incentives can lead to better capital allocation decisions and lower risk.

Proof of performance

  • High-ownership CEOs outperformed low-ownership CEOs by +4% annually2
  • Founder-led companies outperformed by 3.1x4
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1 Source: FactSet, three years as of March 31, 2018.

2 Journal of Finance, 2014; Annual returns from 1988-2010.

3 The Link between the Acquisitions Market and the Market for CEOs, John C. Coates IV and Reiner H. Kraakman, January, 2011.

4 Research published by Bain & Company in 2016 found that founder-led companies have consistently outperformed other S&P 500 companies from 1990 to 2014.

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