Charlie Dreifus Thanks Investors for Their Support
article , video 04-27-2018

Charlie Dreifus Thanks Investors for Their Support

To help mark 20 years managing Royce Special Equity Fund, Charlie Dreifus highlights that he’s grateful to have helped individuals meet their investment needs.

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Steve Lipper So, Charlie—any thoughts for your investors?

Charlie Dreifus I really want to thank them. I welcome their support. I’m very appreciative of the notes and letters I get occasionally from advisors and clients who tell me that the Special Equity investment has allowed them to reach a goal. It may have been retirement, it may have been putting a child through college. Some specific goal they were aspiring to, and that Special Equity assisted in that.

And as much as I welcome and appreciate accolades from the profession—I haven't turned any of those away—it's really very heartfelt to me when I get a note like that from, an investor. What I think this industry hasn’t done a good job of—recognizing that, we are here not to, you know, beat out competitors or have the most, you know, the greatest record of any investment category. But rather, to meet the desires and the requirements that our clients have selected us for, because they may have selected us full well knowing that, certainly in my case, I’m going to underperform the upside.

But they're there for the expected, and hopefully delivered, lesser volatility during down periods. And so in meeting the clients’ needs, I think—you know, look, we’re not curing cancer, I don't want to overblow this—but we are doing some good in helping individuals meet their needs.

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Average Annual Total Returns as of 3/31/18 (%) 

QTR1 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR 15YR SINCE INCEPT. DATE
Special Equity -5.00 2.80 5.06 7.40 8.76 9.63 9.05 05/01/98
Russell 2000 -0.08 11.79 8.39 11.47 9.84 11.50 7.35 N/A

Annual Operating Expenses: 1.17% 

1 Not annualized.

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