From Nuveen Investments


Key Tenets

Singular Focus

One team of research professionals that adheres to a disciplined, repeatable investment process.

Unwavering Approach

Total return strategy that looks beyond yield to evaluate dividend growth potential and risk.

Compelling Results

A history of competitive total returns with lower volatility in challenging markets.

Santa Barbara Performance Results

Santa Barbara at a Glance

  • More than 30 years as a fundamentally driven growth investment firm
  • Clients include corporations, foundations, endowments, public funds, and individuals
  • Leverages dividend growth methodology across all strategies
  • $13.1 billion in Assets Under Management (as of 12/31/19), including model assets approximately $8.4 billion

By Vehicle Type as of 12/31/19 (AUM)

Model Based Relationships
$8,393 M
Sub-Advised Funds
$3,621 M
Separately Managed Accounts
$1,078 M

By Region as of 12/31/19 (AUM)

Domestic Dividend Growth
$12,624 M
Global / International Select, International, & Global Dividend Growth
$468 M

Global Dividend Growth assets include the combined domestic and international sleeves of a pooled vehicle managed by Santa Barbara totaling approximately $289.5 million.


Santa Barbara Asset Management, LLC

  • 1987

    Santa Barbara Asset Management founded as a growth equity specialist in Santa Barbara, California

  • 2004

    Inception of Dividend Growth Strategy

  • 2005

    Becomes a wholly-owned investment specialist of Nuveen

  • 2006

    Launches a U.S.-focused dividend growth mutual fund

  • 2007

    Launches a closed-end fund in partnership with Nuveen investment specialists Nuveen Asset Management and NWQ Investment Management Company

  • 2009

    Santa Barbara assumes responsibility for the investment team and products of Rittenhouse Asset Management, an investment specialist of Nuveen

  • 2012

    Santa Barbara Global Dividend Growth and International Dividend Growth strategies launch

  • 2013

    Reorganizes to focus solely on dividend-growth equities

    Headquartered in Los Angeles, California

  • 2014

    Launches Santa Barbara Select Dividend Growth Strategy

Risks and Other Important Considerations

This information should not be relied upon as investment advice, recommendations, offers or solicitation of any particular security, asset class, fund, strategy, or investment product. Investing entails risk, including the possible loss of principal. There can be no assurance that any investment or asset class will provide positive performance over any period of time. Dividend yield is one component of performance and should not be the only consideration for investment. Dividends are not guaranteed and will fluctuate. Equity investments such as large-cap stocks are subject to market risk or the risk of decline in response to adverse company news, industry developments, or a general economic decline. Investments in small- and mid-cap companies are subject to greater volatility. Non-U.S. investing presents additional risks such as the potential for adverse political, currency, economic, social or regulatory developments in a country including lack of liquidity, excessive taxation, and differing legal and accounting standards. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

The statements contained herein reflect the opinions of Santa Barbara Asset Management, LLC (“Santa Barbara”) as of the date written. Certain statements are forward looking and/or based on current expectations, projections, and information currently available to Santa Barbara. Such statements may or may not be accurate over the long-term. While we believe we have a reasonable basis for our comments and we have confidence in our opinions, actual results may differ from those we anticipate. We cannot assure future results and disclaim any obligation to update or alter any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Statistical data was taken from sources which we deem to be reliable, but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

Santa Barbara Asset Management, LLC is a registered investment adviser and an investment specialist of Nuveen, LLC.


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