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What makes a successful manager? Studying performance alone does not adequately answer the question. We review thousands of active manager portfolios, look under the hood of managers’ investment process, and identify behaviors that are leading managers to consistent outperformance. These patterns can be viewed as investment skill, or a manager’s ability to generate alpha through certain repeatable methods.
In this article, we use public ownership data and the Novus Alpha Platform to evaluate three very distinct money managers. These three case studies aim to present the driver of each manager’s success: investment skill.