Strategic Investing

Proof That Our Strategic Investing Approach Has Worked

An extensive T. Rowe Price study showed that our strategic investing approach has prevailed through the many market fluctuations of the past two decades. The majority of our 18 diversified active U.S. equity mutual funds beat their benchmarks across multiple time periods over 20 years or their lifetime.1 And this outperformance improved over time.

We attribute our success to going beyond the numbers. We dig deeper to gain a better understanding of where a company stands today and where we think it could go in the future.

The Strength Of Strategic Investing

Rigorous Research
Rigorous Research

Over 350 of our investment professionals go into the field to see firsthand how companies are performing.2

Prudent Risk Management
Prudent Risk Management

We carefully manage risk and seek to maximize value for our clients over longer time horizons.

Experienced Managers
Experienced Managers

Our skilled portfolio managers have deep experience—averaging 21 years in the industry and 16 years with T. Rowe Price.3

20 Years Of Success

Our funds excelled when measured by active success rates (the number of times a fund beat its benchmark over a given time horizon) and by excess returns (the margin by which the fund beat its benchmark). These results are also net of fees, meaning that the T. Rowe Price funds outperformed even after accounting for the impact of fund expenses.

Rolling periods 12/31/1997 through 12/31/2017

Rolling Five Years
Rolling Ten Years

Excess returns after expenses
Average annualized time-weighted returns, net of fees (over rolling 10-year periods)

Large-Cap Funds
Mid-Cap Funds
Small-Cap Funds

Past performance cannot guarantee future results. For more information on the T. Rowe Price funds used in this study, including fund performance, please visit

Sources: T. Rowe Price, Russell, and Standard & Poor's; data analysis by T. Rowe Price.

Longer Horizons, Stronger Returns

What seems like a relatively small amount of excess returns can grow over time to produce a substantial impact on the overall portfolio value.

Hypothetical results of a $100,000 investment in the S&P 500 vs. S&P 500 + one percentage point over 20 years

12/31/1997 through 12/31/2017

Hypothetical Infographic

The results shown above are hypothetical and for illustrative purposes only. The results do not reflect the impact of taxes and investment fees, which, if included, would have reduced the results shown. The results do not represent the performance of any T. Rowe Price mutual fund. It is not possible to invest direclly in an index.

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Strategic Investing

Long-Term Benefits of Our Strategic Investing Approach

Long-Term Benefits

The study spanned the 20 years up to the end of December 2017 for older funds or since inception for newer funds. It covered 18 diversified active U.S. equity funds currently advised by T. Rowe Price, including two institutional portfolios that are not directly available to individual investors. In instances where a portfolio manager managed multiple funds in a particular sub-asset class style (e.g., U.S. small-cap growth), we used only the strategy with the largest assets under management to avoid double counting. Benchmarks included the S&P 500, Russell 1000 Growth, Russell 2000 Growth, Russell 1000 Value, Russell 2000 Value, Russell 2000, Russell Midcap Growth, and Russell Midcap Value Indexes. Russell Investment Group is the source and owner of the trademarks, service marks, and copyrights related to the Russell indexes. Russell® is a trademark of Russell Investment Group.

Investment staff as of 12/31/2017. Includes 104 portfolio managers, 24 associate portfolio managers, 148 investment analysts, 47 associate analysts, 10 multi-asset specialists, 3 specialty analysts, 2 strategists, and 17 senior managers.

3 As of 12/31/2017.

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Past performance is no guarantee of future results. All funds are subject to market risk, including possible loss of principal. There is no guarantee T. Rowe Price funds will outperform their benchmarks.

T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc., Distributor

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