article , video 09-02-2014

Current Opportunities in International Small-Caps

International Smaller-Cos Portfolio Manager and Director of International Research David Nadel tells Co-Chief Investment Officer Francis Gannon where he is finding opportunities in the international small-cap market. 

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Francis Gannon: It's been a really interesting year outside of the United States. Where are you finding opportunities today?

David Nadel: There are a lot of places we're finding opportunities. There are huge disparities in valuation around the world, and that's one of the nice features of Royce International Smaller-Companies Fund—there always is a place to invest that's relatively cheap. The BRIC markets have underperformed the broader markets for three straight years now, so there's a lot of opportunity there.

Japan certainly is a target-rich environment for us, also quite inexpensive, trading at about 0.5x sales, trading at a discount to book value as a whole market, with dividend yields that are about twice as generous as they are here.

So I think there are always places to look for value. We have certainly shifted in the International Smaller-Companies portfolio in favor of emerging markets over the last year, as Western Europe has become more expensive, and we've scaled back on some of those investments.

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