We believe that strong corporate performance is the foundation of superior long-term investment returns. The essence of corporate success lies in building intrinsic strength in managing human capital, financial resources, and stakeholder relationships and delivering quality, innovation, service, and value to customers. Companies that lead in these critical areas tend to produce better returns on capital, over a longer time horizon, with greater consistency and less risk.
William Blair implements this philosophy within the Global Leaders strategy using an integrated and collegial research process that facilitates peer-to-peer communication between portfolio management and research. We use sophisticated proprietary quantitative tools to bolster each part of the fundamental research, strategy, and portfolio management process, resulting in a well-defined and repeatable investment approach. We seek to invest in companies across sectors, regions, and capitalizations globally that exhibit consistent profitability and growth, better-than-peer balance sheets, and reasonable valuations. This analysis highlights companies that have strong management teams and durable growth prospects, whether they are multinational leaders or are regional or local champions. The Global Leaders strategy consists of 60 to 100 holdings, with region, sector, and capitalization weightings varying over time.
William Blair Global Leaders Fund