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Mutual Fund Spotlight: T. Rowe Price Health Sciences Fund [PRHSX]

By: Ted Black, CFP©
Fall 2020 (Vol. 38, No. 3)

This fund was reviewed most recently back in late 2018. Given its strong long-term performance, combined with the demographic trends here in the U.S. (and most of the rest of the developed countries), I felt like it was time to highlight it once again.

Before I get into the specifics, I want to quickly revisit the topic of asset allocation, which I’ve covered in this column in the past. The underlying theme of asset allocation is for an investor to establish a mix of Stocks, Bonds and Cash that offers a risk/reward profile suited to their individual circumstances. Since this fund concentrates all of investments in just one sector of the market, it may prove to be more volatile than the broader market. It’s important to keep this in mind when contemplating an investment in this or any “Sector” fund. With that said, we typically limit investments in sector funds to anywhere between 5% - 15% of one’s portfolio.

For investors with a long-term outlook, the shift in the demographic makeup of our country may create some investment opportunities. Companies within an industry with strong and durable demand that can provide quality products and/or services at competitive prices, or introduce technological breakthroughs, have the opportunity to consistently grow their revenues and earnings, and subsequently see their share price appreciate.

T. Rowe Price Health Sciences fund (PRHSX) is a no-load mutual fund that invests at least 80% of net assets in common stocks of companies engaged in the research, development, production, or distribution of products or services related to health care, medicine, or the life sciences. While the fund can invest in companies of any size, the majority of fund assets are expected to be invested in large and mid-capitalization companies.

This fund has north of $15 billion in assets under management and is managed by Ziad Bakri, CFA, M.D. since April of 2016. As of September 30, 2020, the fund had approximately 87% of its assets in U.S. stocks, and about 13% in foreign stocks. Its largest holdings include leaders in their industry such as United Healthcare, Merck & Co., Eli Lilly, Intuitive Surgical, and Humana.

The minimum initial investment is $2,500 for nonretirement accounts and $1,000 for IRA accounts.

If you’re interested in this fund, or would like a portfolio review to determine if this fund might be an appropriate addition to your portfolio, please call Ted Black, CFP© at 888-878-0001, extension 3.

Performance annualized and updated through 09/30/2020: 1-Year: +26.14%; 3-Year: +14.77%; 5-Year: +11.78%. The gross annual expense ratio is 0.76%.

Statistics and information provided by Morningstar and T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc. Please visit the T. Rowe Price website at for the most recent performance information. The principal value and investment return will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Returns shown, unless otherwise indicated, are total returns, including any capital gains or losses and all dividend and capital gains distributions. The performance data quoted represents past performance and in no way guarantees future results. Mutual funds are not FDIC insured.

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