Copyright 2018 Ned Davis Research, Inc. Further distribution prohibited without prior permission. All Rights Reserved. The information presented is intended to illustrate the performance of Smid Cap stocks according to their dividend policy. Returns shown include dividends reinvested. This is not the performance of any strategy overseen by Copeland and there is no guarantee that investors will experience the type of performance reflected in the information presented. Strategies managed by Copeland’s investment team are subject to transaction costs, management fees, trading fees or other expenses not represented in the information presented. There is no guarantee that companies will declare dividends or, if declare, that they will remain at current levels or increase over time. As of 12/31/2014, NDR updated its methodology to incorporate liquidity requirements to improve accuracy. DIVIDEND GROWERS included stocks that raised their existing dividend or initiated a new dividend during the previous 12 months. FLAT DIVIDEND PAYERS included stocks that pay a dividend but have not raised or lowered their existing dividend during the previous 12 months. NON DIVIDEND PAYERS included stocks that have not paid a dividend during the previous 12 months. DIVIDEND CUTTERS included stocks that lowered their existing dividend or eliminate their dividend during the previous 12 months.
Index Disclosures – You cannot invest directly in an Index. The portfolio characteristics of the indexes may differ from other providers due to the source of the data and differences in calculation methodology. Historical analytics are not indicative of future results.
The Russell 2500® Index is comprised of the bottom 2500 companies in the Russell 3000 Index. The Russell 3000® Index measures the performance of the 3000 largest U.S. companies based on total market capitalization, which represents approximately 98% of the investable U.S. equity market.
Standard deviation is a measure of the variability of returns-the higher the standard deviation, the greater the range of performance (i.e., volatility).
Alpha is a measure of the difference between actual returns and expected performance, given the level of risk as measured by beta, where beta measures sensitivity to index movements.
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