Jupiter US Smaller Companies (JUS) has announced a number of new initiatives and enhancements to its investment process, aimed at boosting shareholder value and the potential for long-term growth and capital preservation. The manager intends to increase concentration in favoured holdings and be less keen to take profits in winning stocks, at the same time as acting more quickly to cut positions that are not proceeding as hoped. Meanwhile, the board has put in place the trust’s first gearing facility, scrapped the performance fee and introduced a new, tiered management fee, alongside a commitment to growing the trust to a target £200m over the next two to three years. While JUS’s value investment style has been out of favour in the US for the past decade, Fund Manager Robert Siddles says that with the bull market in growth stocks becoming more and more extended, the case for value is stronger than ever.

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