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All Cap – Yield



The primary objective of the Yield Strategy is to outperform the Russell 1000 Value Index over a full market cycle. A second, but equally important, objective is to invest in dividend paying stocks that provide income for current investors. By consistently maintaining a yield premium to the market, the strategy has been able to provide holders with a rising dividend payout over time.

Investment Merits

1. Opportunity derived from market emotion

Timeless investment philosophy with a disciplined process designed to eliminate behavioral biases

2. Focus on companies with proven track records trading at a discount to fair value

Cornerstone’s proprietary Fair Value Model has successfully identified attractively valued companies for over 30 years

3. Designed to provide US equity exposure as well as an above-market yield for income seeking investors

Video Introduction

Yield Strategy


Conduct fundamental review

  • Confirm relevance of historical track record
  • Eliminate fundamentally flawed companies
  • Build investment case, run sensitivity analysis, stress test assumptions
  • Identify what the market is mispricing

Determine whether past fundamentals are repeatable

Investment Team Members assess the merits of companies independently before collaborating for final review

1. Verify valuation and Dissect Financials

Assess company financials and valuation case

2. Evaluate Business Model

Identify embedded characteristics and keys to success

3. Appraise Management

Measure success of management over time

4. Assess Competitive Threats

Monitor competitors, substitutes and new entrants

5. Understand Operating Environment

Legislation, regulations, and exogenus inputs

30 Stocks chosen

Positions typically start at 2% with a maximum of 6%
  • Positions built up and eliminated over time
Size of the position based on:
  • Discount to our Fair Value
  • Relative attractiveness
  • Contribution to overall portfolio yield
Sector weights range from 0-30%
Overall portfolio targeted to provide 30% yield premium to S&P 500


Gross Returns
Net Returns
Russell 1000
QTD 11.96% 11.88% 9.50%
1 Year 21.27% 20.97% 11.46%
3 Year 14.09% 13.76% 8.86%
5 Year 15.27% 14.88% 10.91%
7 Year 12.39% 11.99% 8.32%
10 Year 10.01% 9.60% 8.40%
Since Inception* 9.84% 9.41% 7.98%

Annual compounding rates of return ending 12/31/2023
*Composite inception date is 3/31/2008

Gross Returns
Net Returns
Russell 1000
3yr St Dev
3yr St Dev
Composite assets $millions Accounts at period end Percent of firm assets Firm assets $millions Gross
Composite dispersion
2022 -6.43% -6.70% -7.54% 25% 21% 45.2 5 of fewer 2.7% 1,703.9 N.A.*
2021 30.85% 30.38% 25.16% 23% 19% 0.4 5 or fewer 2.6% 1,932.1 N.A.*
2020 7.21% 6.75% 2.80% 24% 20% 40.3 5 or fewer 2.2% 1,831.3 N.A.*
2019 27.85% 27.34% 26.54% 14% 12% 39.4 5 or fewer 1.7% 2,300.8 N.A.*
2018 -5.80% -6.18% -8.27% 13% 11% 32.2 5 or fewer 1.5% 2,169.9 N.A.*
2017 18.18% 17.70% 13.66% 14% 10% 35.7 5 or fewer 1.5% 2,458.6 N.A.*
2016 16.30% 15.82% 17.34% 14% 11% 31.5 5 or fewer 1.2% 2,609.7 N.A.*
2015 -13.67% -14.04% -3.83% 13% 11% 28.3 5 or fewer 0.8% 3,480.2 N.A.*
2014 14.11% 13.65% 13.45% 10% 9% 34.1 5 or fewer 0.4% 9,154.3 N.A.*
2013 39.18% 38.80% 32.53% 13% 13% 31.0 5 or fewer 0.4% 8,210.6 N.A.*
2012 7.28% 6.82% 17.51% 15% 16% 23.1 5 or fewer 0.4% 5,725.4 N.A.*
2011 3.84% 3.37% 0.39% 19% 21% 22.7 5 or fewer 0.7% 3,466.7 N.A.*
2010 16.99% 16.48% 15.51% N.R. N.R. 22.7 5 or fewer 0.9% 2,394.8 N.A.*
2009 22.64% 22.09% 19.69% N.R. N.R. 20.2 5 or fewer 1.4% 1,437.6 N.A.*
2008* -24.09% -24.28% -30.82% N.R. N.R. 18.6 5 or fewer 3.0% 613.0 N.A.*

*Composite inception date is 03/31/2008
N.R. – Not Required


December 31, 2023

The end result of the investment process is a portfolio comprised of companies with solid growth prospects trading at compelling valuation levels.

Characteristics Yield Russell 1000 Value
5 Yr Hst. EPS Growth(Ex-Zeros) 25.9% 11.6%
LT Est. EPS Growth—Wtd Avg 7.7% 8.1%
Price/Earnings (TTM)—Wtd HAvg 15.8x 15.9x
Price/Cash Flow—Wtd Avg 7.9x 10.2x
LT Debt to Equity—Wtd HAvg 0.4x 0.3x
Dividend Yield—Wtd Avg 3.1% 2.3%
Market Cap—Wtd Avg 112.9B 138.9B

Sector Weights

December 31, 2023

Sector weights can be materially different from the benchmark as a result of our bottom-up investment process


Yield contains fully discretionary institutional accounts that are typically around 30-35 securities that pay dividends and are suitable for clients that are seeking both income and long term capital appreciation. For comparison purposes the composite is measured against the Russell 1000 Value Index. Cornerstone Investment Partners is an independent, employee owned investment advisory firm.  Results are based on fully discretionary accounts under management, including those accounts no longer with the firm. Past performance is not indicative of future results. N.A.-Information is not statistically meaningful due to an insufficient number of portfolios in the composite for an entire year. The U.S. Dollar is the currency used to express performance. Returns are presented gross and net of management fees and include the reinvestment of all income.  Net of fee performance was calculated using actual management fees, a model fee based on the standard investment advisory schedule was applied to non-fee paying accounts.  The Yield composite incepted and created on March 31, 2008. The annual composite dispersion is an asset-weighted standard deviation calculated for the accounts in the composite the entire year. Cornerstone Investment Partners claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and has prepared and presented this report in compliance with the GIPS standards. Cornerstone Investment Partners has been independently verified for the periods September 30, 2001 thru December 31, 2022. The verification and performance examination reports are available upon request.  A firm that claims compliance with the GIPS standards must establish policies and procedures for complying with all the applicable requirements of the GIPS standards.  Verification provides assurance on whether the firm’s policies and procedures related to composite and pooled fund maintenance, as well as the calculation, presentation, and distribution of performance, have been designed in compliance with the GIPS standards and have been implemented on a firm-wide basis.  Verification does not provide assurance on the accuracy of any specific performance report.  The firm maintains a complete list and description of composites.  Policies for valuing investments, calculating performance, and preparing GIPS Reports are available upon request. Benchmark returns are not covered by the report of independent verifiers.  To receive a list of composite descriptions and/or additional information, contact Cornerstone Investment Partners at 3438 Peachtree Rd, NE; Suite 900; Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-751-3850, or The general fee schedule for accounts is as follows: 0.75% on the first $10,000,000; 0.55% on the next $10,000,000 and 0.35% on the balance. Actual investment advisory fees incurred by clients may vary.  GIPS® is a registered trademark of CFA Institute.  CFA Institute does not endorse or promote this organization, nor does it warrant the accuracy or quality of the content contained herein. Due to the marketing rule that went into effect on 11/4/22, the net returns were updated to comply with this regulation.  Additional information is available upon request.