Insights

Volatility Is Opportunity

March 17, 2020

Portfolio Manager Bill Nygren shares why volatility is an opportunity to improve the degree of undervaluation in our portfolios.

The holdings mentioned comprise the following percentages of the Fund’s total net assets as of 12/31/2019:

SecurityOakmark FundOakmark Select
Ally Financial2.9%6.5%
Alphabet Cl A2.6%7.1%
Alphabet Cl C1.2%2.8%
Amazon0%0%
American Intl Group2.1%4.1%
Bank of America3.6%5.4%
Boeing0%0%
Capital One Financial3.1%4.4%
CBRE Group Cl A0%9.0%
Citigroup3.6%7.3%
Contra Petroleum0%0%
Delphi Technologies0.30%
Delta Airlines00%
Diamondback Energy1.1%0%
Disney0%0%
DXC Technology1.5%0%
FedEx1.0%0%
General Electric2.2%4.3%
General Motors2.0%0%
Goldman Sachs1.5%0%
HBO0%0%
Hospital Corp0%0%
Hulu0%0%
Lear0%3.4%
Netflix3.1%3.8%
Qurate Retail Cl A0.6%1.5%
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals2.9%4.8%
Sirius XM Holdings Inc0%0%
Spotify0%0%
Wells Fargo2.2%0%

Portfolio holdings are subject to change without notice and are not intended as recommendations of individual stocks.

Access the full list of holdings for the Oakmark Fund as of the most recent quarter-end.

Access the full list of holdings for the Oakmark Select Fund as of the most recent quarter-end.

Average Annual Total Returns (as of 03/31/2020):

Fund3 Month1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearInception
OAKMX-30.42%-21.69%-3.55%1.33%7.78%10.95%
S&P 500 Total Return Index-19.60%-6.98%5.10%6.73%10.53%9.08%

Gross Expense Ratio (as of 09/30/2019): 0.92%
Net Expense Ratio (as of 09/30/2019): 0.88%
Fund Inception:  08/05/1991

Fund3 Month1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearInception
OAKLX-32.53%-24.08%-10.08%-3.41%5.68%9.58%
S&P 500 Total Return Index-19.60%-6.98%5.10%6.73%10.53%7.73%

Gross Expense Ratio (as of 09/30/2019): 1.07%
Net Expense Ratio (as of 09/30/2019): 1.00%
Fund Inception:  11/01/1996

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The performance data quoted represents past performance. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Total return includes change in share prices and, in each case, includes reinvestment of dividends and capital gain distributions. The investment return and principal value vary so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost.

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The net expense ratio reflects a contractual advisory fee waiver agreement through January 27, 2021.

The S&P 500 Total Return Index is a float-adjusted, capitalization-weighted index of 500 U.S. large-capitalization stocks representing all major industries. It is a widely recognized index of broad, U.S. equity market performance. Returns reflect the reinvestment of dividends. This index is unmanaged and investors cannot invest directly in this index.

The price to earnings ratio (“P/E”) compares a company’s current share price to its per-share earnings. It may also be known as the “price multiple” or “earnings multiple”, and gives a general indication of how expensive or cheap a stock is. Investors should not base investment decisions on any single attribute or characteristic data point.

EBITDA refers to Earnings Before the deduction of payments for Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization which is a measure of operating income.

Investing in value stocks presents the risk that value stocks may fall out of favor with investors and underperform growth stocks during given periods.

The Fund’s portfolio tends to be invested in a relatively small number of stocks. As a result, the appreciation or depreciation of any one security held by the Fund will have a greater impact on the Fund’s net asset value than it would if the Fund invested in a larger number of securities. Although that strategy has the potential to generate attractive returns over time, it also increases the Fund’s volatility.

The information, data, analyses, and opinions presented herein (including current investment themes, the portfolio managers’ research and investment process, and portfolio characteristics) are for informational purposes only and represent the investments and views of the portfolio managers and Harris Associates L.P. as of the date written and are subject to change and may change based on market and other conditions and without notice. This content is not a recommendation of or an offer to buy or sell a security and is not warranted to be correct, complete or accurate.

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