EDGE ASSET MANAGEMENT, INC Profile
Edge Asset Management is a private investment management company based out of Seattle. The company can trace its history back to 1939, when the Bond Research Corporation was established and began with its Composite Bond Fund, which was one of the first 50 mutual funds in the U.S. The company would be incorporated within the state of Washington in 1944 and be registered with the SEC in 1968. The company would go through a series of name changes as its merged with other companies, becoming WM Advisors in 1998 and finally becoming its current Eagle Asset Management Inc. when the company was acquired by Principal Financial Group in 2006. Edge Asset Management continues to operate as a subsidiary of Principal Financial Group and offers a variety of equity, fixed income and asset allocation strategies to help meet diverse investment needs. The company’s investment philosophy is centered on a long term perspective, a contrarian view at the time of investment, and a fundamentally research driven approach to making its investment decisions. Edge Asset Management currently has almost $30 billion in total assets under management spread across 3,400 accounts with all of its accounts being discretionary. Both of its total number of accounts and assets under management have grown significantly in recent years, with its total assets growing steadily from its $15 billion amount five years prior to almost double that amount today and its number of accounts jumping from just 29 back in 2014 to its current amount. The company currently has 34 employees with 5 investment professionals. Edge Asset Management invests in a variety of sectors, including finance, which alone makes up over a quarter of total allocations, information technology, health care, industrials, consumer discretionary, energy, and utilities and telecommunications, among others, in order of decreasing allocation. The company offers a variety of strategies including its Capital Appreciation, Short Term Income, Core Plus, and Mortgage Securities.