Harbor Mid Cap Growth Fund Institutional Class (HAMGX)

Investment Strategy

The Fund invests primarily in equity securities, principally common and preferred stocks of mid cap companies. The Fund defines mid cap companies as those with market capitalizations that fall within the range of the Russell Midcap® Growth Index, provided that if the upper end of the capitalization range of that Index falls below $15 billion, the Fund will continue to define those companies with market capitalizations between the upper end of the range of the Index and $15 billion as mid cap companies. As of December 31, 2018, the range of the Index was $365 million to $67.8 billion, but it is expected to change frequently.

The Subadviser uses a bottom up approach, employing fundamental analysis to identify individual companies for potential inclusion in the Fund's portfolio.

In analyzing companies for investment, the Subadviser looks for, among other things, companies that it believes have:

  • Strong earnings growth
  • Improving operating trends
  • Competitive advantages such as a superior management team
  • Attractive relative value within the context of a security's primary trading market

The Fund may invest up to 25% of its total assets in the securities of foreign issuers, including issuers located or doing business in emerging markets. The Fund may invest up to 10% of its total assets in equity securities of privately held companies. The Fund expects that these would normally be later-stage private companies that are seeking strategic capital investments to facilitate their next phase of development prior to experiencing a liquidity event, such as an initial public offering of their shares.


Stocks of mid cap companies pose special risks, including possible illiquidity and greater price volatility than stocks of larger, more established companies. Since the Fund may hold foreign securities, it may be subject to greater risks than funds invested only in the U.S. These risks are more severe for securities of issuers in emerging market regions.

Stock markets are volatile and equity values can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market and economic conditions.