The DWS Concept Platow, Platow Fund for short, is a mutual fund focusing on German equity. It was launched by Deutsche Bank in May 2006 as "DB Platinum III Platow", with Christoph Frank and Roger Peeters acting as advisors ever since. pfp Advisory has taken over advising responsibilities since September 2016. Until August 2016, advising was carried out via the Platow Medien GmbH.
An in-depth analysis of the entire German stock market is the basis for all investment processes. Important elements include a tried and tested stock-picking process developed over many years by Christoph Frank, careful balance sheet analysis and hundreds of conversations with executives and other company insiders every year. The result is a portfolio of about 35 to 60 stocks of companies either headquartered in Germany or doing a large part of their business there. The opportunities and risks presented by individual companies’ equity are crucial, while macroeconomic considerations and inclusion in a stock index are mostly immaterial. That is why the DWS Concept Platow Fund’s portfolio usually differs substantially from the composition of major stock indices.
This unique approach has paid off for Investors in an exceptional outperformance over the small-cap index SDAX. Morningstar counts the DWS Concept Platow among the best in its class. Renowned rating agencies like Lipper and FWW have also awarded it top ratings. In 2015, the Platow Fund was awarded the “German Fund Award”, a “€uro Fund Award” and a “Lipper Award” in the “Equity Germany” category. In 2016, it won the “German Fund Award” a second time, and in 2018 a "Lipper Fund Award" a second time.
Investors have three options for investing in the Platow Fund: Private investors can buy shares (DWSK62 or LU1865032954) or the Platow certificate (DB0PLA or DE000DB0PLA8), which tracks the Platow Fund. Institutional investors have access to two separate tranches (DWSK61, LU865033176; DWSK63, LU1865032871).
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