Disciplined Investment Strategies
We provide a broad range of investment strategies to balance building your lifetime wealth with managing and insuring against risks as you view them. Building your balance includes more than asset allocation and portfolio diversification. Our disciplined approach aligns your portfolio with your values and positions your strategies for your short-term and long-term objectives.
Maximizing your lifetime income involves building and preserving your principal while incorporating the most tax-efficient strategies. High-quality investments producing strong yields and competitive absolute returns used to mean relying on bonds and fixed income funds dependent on high interest rates. In the absence of those, we have identified a wide range of investments with varying levels of income objectives, risks, and complexity that we use in building portfolios to help provide income for your lifetime and help preserve your wealth for those important to you beyond.
Some products which may be appropriate for your strategies:
- Diversified bonds, U.S. & global
- Municipal bonds
- Traded and non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs)
- Mortgage-backed securities
- Dividend stocks
- Structured products
- Preferred securities
- Business development companies
- Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs)
Tactical Asset Management
For our tactical equity portfolio, we use a scoring system based on relative strength to look for asset classes or sectors that are exhibiting performance above an underlying benchmark. We use this information to shift investments among asset classes, to avoid trouble, or to seize emerging opportunities. This strategy is designed for times of higher volatility and is most suitable for clients who are concerned about downside risk of the markets.
Low Volatility Strategy
With our low volatility strategy, we invest in high quality companies with stable cash flow and earnings growth and a narrower variance of returns, providing portfolio stability and the potential to outpace the broader market in an uncertain environment. Avoiding large swings helps preserve the initial investment and improves recovery from downturns. Investing in undervalued funds which may favor defensive sectors have the potential to generate higher yields, which may provide better than average absolute returns over the long-term. Our low volatility strategy is designed to provide a stronger risk-adjusted performance for clients seeking long-term growth who may not be able to stomach rollercoaster returns.
A sustainable portfolio can provide more stable, long-term growth by holding companies to higher standards for corporate responsibility and conscientious business practices. Responsible investing can help you manage risk, mitigate volatility, and align your investments with your values.
Standard asset allocation and portfolio diversification testing is designed to mitigate risk factors from the broader market environment. In addition to analyzing your complete financial picture through these lenses, we focus on what’s most important to you and customize your investments to align with your values.
Sustainable investing focuses on investing in companies with the best long-term prospects by identifying companies which meet high standards for corporate responsibility and conscientious business practices in areas of Environmental, Social, and Governance. By incorporating ESG factor analysis when choosing investments, investors actively encourage companies to improve their ESG scores. This may result in better corporate governance and greater regulatory compliance, creating self-perpetuating benefits and a sustainable portfolio which actively avoids companies based on values criteria not addressed in standard asset allocation and diversification analysis.
ESG defines a more rigorous way of evaluating companies’ standards for conducting business, including:
- Environmental issues: how a company’s business practices affect natural resources, the climate, and other aspects of the environment
- Social standards: a broad range of policies and the relationships that companies have with their employees, their customers, and the communities where they conduct business
- Governance practices: how a company manages itself including executive compensation, internal business controls, and the rights granted to shareholders.
The idea of investing in companies that are mindful of the impact their business practices have on the broader society is not new. Increased awareness that ESG factors have a positive impact on performance is driving growth in ESG investment. Changing social norms, demographics, and political polarization is leading investors to want to see their social views represented in their portfolios. Millennials consistently express greater desire for some sort of sustainable investing solution.
Researchers from the University of Oxford and Arabesque Partners aggregated the results of 200 studies globally and reports on the impact of sustainability on corporate performance and found the following:
- 90% of the studies conducted showed that sound sustainability standards can lower a company’s cost of capital, allowing these companies to grow with lower costs and greater potential shareholder returns.
- 88% of the research showed that solid ESG practices result in better operational performance.
- 80% of the studies showed that good ESG practices positively influence a company’s stock price.
In 2019, the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing published Sustainable Reality: Analyzing Risk and Returns of Sustainable Funds comparing the return and risk performance of ESG-focused mutual and exchange-traded funds against traditional counterparts from 2004 to 2018 and found that sustainable funds demonstrate lower downside risk. During a period of extreme volatility, the study found “strong statistical evidence that sustainable funds are more stable.”
Please ask us for more information about how responsible investing can help you manage risk, mitigate volatility, and align your investments with your values.
The returns on a portfolio consisting primarily of Environmental, Social and Governance ("ESG") aware investments may be lower or higher than a portfolio that is more diversified or where decisions are based solely on investment considerations. Because ESG criteria exclude some investments, investors may not be able to take advantage of the same opportunities or market trends as investors that do not use such criteria. Asset allocation and diversification do not guarantee profit or protect against a loss. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.