Institutional Thinking for Individual Investors
We believe that individuals and families can benefit from the rigor and sophistication that typically characterize institutional portfolio management. Our approach to managing client assets is rooted in the following core strengths:
Before we invest any money, we determine a client’s goals, tolerance for risk and time horizon. We measure these factors against our extensive knowledge of investments. Only then do we consider asset allocation and diversification.
Disciplined portfolio construction
Based on the specifics of each client’s situation, we provide exposure to an appropriate mix of assets. Academic research reveals that the asset allocation decision (where your portfolio is invested in the market) is the most important determinant of portfolio returns, so we will focus a great deal of time on this decision when building your portfolio.
We largely build portfolios and gain access to different areas of the market through the use of mutual funds and exchange traded funds (“ETFs”) but will also incorporate individual securities (stocks and bonds) into the overall portfolio construction process. We use both actively managed funds and passively managed index funds. Actively managed funds go through an extensive due diligence process before being used in client’s portfolios.
Once the investments have been selected, we provide ongoing oversight and make changes as necessary. We rebalance portfolios periodically and look to increase exposure to areas in the market that are undervalued / out of favor and could have the potential for improved performance.