U.S. Small-Cap High Alpha

Through a combination of concentrated long positions and select short positions*, this long-biased U.S. small-cap strategy seeks to provide an attractive risk/return profile to investors looking for an enhanced allocation to an alpha-rich universe of high-quality companies.


The team believes that fundamentals matter over a market cycle and that small-cap companies with durable, niche business models and discounted valuations can leverage the market’s potential upward trajectory over the long term. In combination with long positions in this alpha-rich universe, short exposure to select companies with structural challenges can provide an additional potential source of alpha.

Managed by

Bill J. Talbot, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager, Head of U.S. Small-Cap Equities

Bill is a senior managing director, senior portfolio manager, and head of U.S. small-cap equities for Manulife Investment Management, responsible for the construction of U.S. small-cap core and value portfolios and the integrity of the research process for small-cap equity team. Bill focuses exclusively on U.S. small-cap investing, and his responsibilities include fundamental and industry-level research for consumer discretionary and utilities. Prior to joining the company, Bill spent 15 years investing in U.S. small-cap equities at UBS Global Asset Management. Prior to that, he invested in private debt and equity for the Travelers Companies, where he financed expansion, buyouts, recapitalizations, and spin-offs. He initiated some of Traveler’s earliest non-U.S. investments, and represented the company on two private equity fund advisory boards. Bill holds the Certified Financial Analyst designation.

  • Education: B.S., Trinity College (U.S.); M.B.A., Tuck School at Dartmouth College (U.S.)
  • Joined the company: 2013
  • Began career: 1986
Bill J. Talbot, CFA


At Manulife Investment Management, we offer investment strategies through a variety of vehicles to suit a broad range of client needs. Contact our institutional sales or consultant relations team to find out if this strategy/vehicle is offered in your region. 

  • Separate accounts

    Our separate accounts and separately managed accounts (SMAs) are designed for institutions and high-net-worth clients seeking tailored investment solutions and direct ownership of securities. 

  • CITs

    Our professionally managed collective investment trusts (CITs) are available in certain qualified retirement plans.

  • Mutual funds

    Mutual funds are liquid, professionally managed portfolios which are available to both institutional and retail investors.


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