Investment Process

The team’s investment approach is based on thematic idea generation, a systematic framework for analyzing companies and proactive risk management. Utilizing this approach, the team seeks to construct a focused portfolio designed to maximize alpha while limiting downside risk over the long term.

Thematic Idea Generation

  • Identify inflections in multi-year trends caused by changes in supply/demand dynamics, societal behavior, market conditions, technology, laws/regulations and business models, among other variables—these can lead to powerful re-ratings of industries and companies
  • Find areas where the team’s views on industry fundamentals differ from consensus estimates—a key element in alpha generation

Systematic Analytical Framework

  • Apply a systematic framework for analyzing companies across sectors and themes, creating a repeatable and methodical decision-making process
  • Focus on multi-year earnings power differentiation, expected outcome scenario analysis, return on invested capital and discounted cash flow valuations using the team’s proprietary company models
  • Utilize internally developed visual outputs to consistently evaluate positions across the portfolio

Proactive Risk Management

  • Incorporate risk management into all stages of the investment process
  • Evaluate metrics including crowding, correlation, volatility, stress tests, liquidity, factor analysis and macro drivers, in order to inform portfolio construction and position sizing
  • Where appropriate, use various instruments, such as options, in an effort to magnify alpha and minimize downside

Investment Results (%)

As of 30 September 2019 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Investor Class: ARTTX 3.03 23.07 12.35 26.73
S&P 500® Index 1.70 20.55 4.25 11.94
As of 30 September 2019 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Investor Class: ARTTX 3.03 23.07 12.35 26.73
S&P 500® Index 1.70 20.55 4.25 11.94

Calendar Year Returns (%)

Investor Class: ARTTX 11.23
S&P 500® Index -4.38
Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. 

Past performance does not guarantee and is not a reliable indicator of future results. Investment returns and principal values will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than that shown. Performance may reflect agreements to limit a Fund’s expenses, which would reduce performance if not in effect. The fund’s investments in initial public offerings (IPOs) made a material contribution to performance. IPO investments may contribute significantly to a small portfolio’s return, an effect that will generally decrease as assets grow. IPO investments may be unavailable in the future. 

Expense Ratio

  Gross Net
Semi-Annual Report 31 March 2019 1.38%
Prospectus 30 September 2018 1.71% 1.52%

Expense Ratio Disclosure

Net expenses reflect a contractual expense limitation agreement in effect through 31 January 2020. Prospectus Figures: Includes 0.01% of dividend and interest expenses relating to short sales. Semi-Annual Report Figure(s): Unaudited, annualized for the six month period. Excludes Acquired Fund Fees & Expenses as described in the prospectus. See prospectus for further details. 

Top 5 Issuers
(% of net assets as of 30 September 2019)
Fidelity National Information Services Inc (Payments Transformation) 7.2
Alphabet Inc (Digital Advertising) 4.4
Microsoft Corp (Network Modernization) 4.3
IHS Markit Ltd (Data Monetization) 4.1
Air Liquide SA (Industrial Gases) 4.0
Total 24.0%
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Portfolio Statistics
(as of 30 September 2019)
Number of Companies 36
Top 5 Issuers (% of net assets) 24.0%
Non-US companies (% of net assets) 5.4%
Weighted Avg. Market Cap (Billions) $167.1
Weighted Avg. ROE 15.6%
Weighted Avg. LT EPS Growth Rate (3-5 Yr) 14.0%
Weighted Avg. P/E (FY2) 22.4X
Active Share 83.8%
Market Cap Distribution
(% of net assets as of 30 September 2019)

$ in billions
75.0+ 34.9
25.0–75.0 44.0
5.0–25.0 9.7
0.0–5.0 1.0
TOTAL 89.6%
Portfolio Exposure by Theme
(% of net assets as of 30 September 2019)
Network Modernization 33.8
Data Monetization 15.9
Payments Transformation 13.2
Life Sciences 12.7
Industrial Gases 7.9
Digital Advertising 6.2
Total 89.6%
Sector Diversification
(% of net assets as of 30 September 2019)
Communication Services 28.2
Consumer Discretionary 5.6
Consumer Staples
Financials 15.8
Health Care 12.7
Industrials 5.2
Information Technology 14.3
Materials 7.9
Real Estate
Total 89.6%
% of net assets represents the portfolio’s exposures based on the economic value of investments and options are delta-adjusted. Cash and cash equivalents represented 8.80% of net assets. Statistics shown exclude ETFs and ETF/Index options, which represented 0.00% and 0.00% of net assets, respectively.  
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A non-diversified portfolio may invest a larger portion of assets in securities of a smaller number of issuers and performance of a single issuer may affect overall portfolio performance greater than in a diversified portfolio.  The portfolio’s use of derivative instruments may create additional leverage and involve risks different from, or greater than, the risks associated with investing in more traditional investments.  High portfolio turnover may adversely affect returns due to increased transaction costs and creation of additional tax consequences.  Securities of small- and medium-sized companies tend to have a shorter history of operations, be more volatile and less liquid and may have underperformed securities of large companies during some periods.  International investments involve special risks, including currency fluctuation, lower liquidity, different accounting methods and economic and political systems, and higher transaction costs. These risks typically are greater in emerging markets.  These risks are discussed in the prospectus. Please read it carefully before you invest or send money. 

Performance Source: Artisan Partners/S&P®. Data & Statistics Sources: Artisan Partners/FactSet/Bloomberg/GICS. Artisan Partners may exclude outliers when calculating portfolio statistics. If information is unavailable for a particular security Artisan may use data from a related security to calculate portfolio statistics. For the purpose of determining the Fund's holdings, securities of the same issuer are aggregated to determine the weight in the Fund. Cash weighting includes cash and cash equivalents. Idiosyncratic Positions are issuers held outside of a theme. Theme categorizations are at the sole discretion of the team. Themes and constituents are as of the date indicated and subject to change. Portfolio sector classifications are defined by the investment team and may differ substantially from the Global Industry Classification System (GICS) classifications. For the portfolio’s sector breakdown according to GICS methodology, refer to the Fund’s most recent portfolio holdings filed at

The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) is the exclusive intellectual property of MSCI Inc. (MSCI) and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, LLC (S&P). Neither MSCI, S&P, their affiliates, nor any of their third party providers (“GICS Parties”) makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, with respect to GICS or the results to be obtained by the use thereof, and expressly disclaim all warranties, including warranties of accuracy, completeness, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The GICS Parties shall not have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of such damages.

All information in this report includes all classes of shares, except performance and expense ratio information and as otherwise indicated. 

S&P 500® Index measures the performance of 500 US companies focused on the large-cap sector of the market. The index(es) are unmanaged; include net reinvested dividends; do not reflect fees or expenses; and are not available for direct investment. 

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All options positions are displayed on a delta-adjusted basis. Delta adjustment is necessary to properly account for the sensitivity of options to changes in price of the underlying security, as well as for making exposure comparisons to the underlying security (measuring options exposure as premium will understate the economic exposure and risk, while measuring exposure as notional value will overstate the economic exposure). Delta-adjusted exposure is a measure for the exposure on the equity market created by the options. This estimation of the equity exposure of a portfolio is only approximate. The delta-adjusted exposure changes over time and is a function of the size and the precise composition of the options portfolio. 

Market Cap is the aggregate value of all of a company's outstanding equity securities. Return on Equity (ROE) is a profitability ratio that measures the amount of net income returned as a percentage of shareholders equity. Weighted Average is the average of values weighted to the data set's composition. The Thematic portfolio Weighted Avg. P/E is a Weighted Harmonic Average. Weighted Harmonic Average is a calculation of weighted average commonly used for rates or ratios. LT EPS Growth Rate is the average of the 3-5 year forecasted EPS growth rate of a company. Price-to-Earnings Ratio (P/E Ratio) measures how expensive a stock is. Earnings figures used for FY1 and FY2 are estimates for the current and next unreported fiscal years. Active Share is defined as the percentage of a portfolio that differs from its benchmark index. Active Share can range from 0% for an index fund that perfectly mirrors its benchmark to 100% for a portfolio with no overlap with an index. Active Share is not delta-adjusted and includes cash, cash equivalents, ETFs and ETF/Index options.