Blackrock large cap focus growth

Blackrock large cap focus growth DEFAULT

NAV / 1-Day Return

6.88  /  0.44 %


Longest Manager Tenure

8.78 years

Investment Style

Large Growth

Min. Initial Investment



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A seasoned team and disciplined approach earn BlackRock Capital Appreciation, BlackRock Large Cap Focus Growth, and Laudus U.S. Large Cap Growth Morningstar Analyst Ratings of Silver or Bronze, depending on share class and vehicle fees.

Some changes persist at the margin of BlackRock’s U.S. growth team, but a solid core of investors who are familiar with the squad’s style and each other remain. A junior member of the team who had served as its go-to analyst for big data projects left for another opportunity in the past year, but the 10-person crew still can draw on the broader firm’s technology expertise and add people from BlackRock’s training program. More importantly, the unit averages about 17 years in the industry and five years with the group. Five members, including leader Lawrence Kemp, have more than 25 years of experience, much of it working together here or at a previous asset manager. They’ve seen this process through a few cycles.

That process remains the same. Kemp and colleagues use bottom-up research to create a portfolio of 40-60 stocks of superior, durable, or cyclical growth firms. Historically, the strategy has taken most of its risks and derived much of its returns from superior companies, or traditional-business-model-wreckers with often-high valuations, such as top holding AMZN or Netflix NFLX. The managers, who are micro-focused but macro-aware stock pickers, however, will shift among its buckets as fundamentals, valuations, and market conditions change. Kemp, for instance, has trimmed helpings of not-yet-profitable, emerging public companies like Snowflake SNOW, Palantir PLTR, and Coupa Software COUP and bought more established durable and cyclical companies, such as healthcare tool and supply maker Danaher DHR and investment bank Morgan Stanley MS. Kemp wanted to increase the portfolio's exposure to more value-leaning companies as the post-pandemic economic recovery gathered momentum. That’s consistent with the way Kemp has tried to balance calculated risk-taking with risk control here.

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S&P 50017.1324.9218.3917.4415.99
% Rank in Category8453312638
Quintile Rank53222

Fund Details

Fund Details

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    Large-Cap Growth

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  • Initial Purchase Regular

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Investment Policy

The Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing in approximately 20 companies that have strong earnings growth and capital appreciation potential. The Fund also may invest in preferred stock, convertible securities, and warrants.

Management Details

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Capital Gains
2020 - $0.04
2019 - $0.27
2018 - $0.18
2017 - $0.17
2016 - -
2015 - $0.14
2014 - $0.52
2013 - $0.57
2012 - -
2011 - $0.01
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MSCI ESG % Coverage as of Sep 07, 2021 98.65%

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Large Cap Growth Strategy Overview

BlackRock Large Cap Focus Growth Fund;A


CategoryLarge-Cap Growth
Portfolio StyleGrowth
Fund FamilyBlackRock Funds A
Fund StatusOpen
Fund InceptionMarch 3, 2000



The Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing in approximately 20 companies that have strong earnings growth and capital appreciation potential. The Fund also may invest in preferred stock, convertible securities, and warrants.

Front load5.25%
Deferred loadN/A
Max. redemption feeN/A
Total expense ratio0.92%
12 b-10.25%
Standard deviation5.72
R. squared0.85
Standard (taxable)$1,000
Fund ReturnCategory1Index (S&P 500)% rank in categoryQuintile rank
  • 1Large-Cap Growth Funds
  • 23, 5 and 10 Year Returns are Annualized

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