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In 1990 the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to Harry Markowitz, Merton Miller, and William Sharpe. Their work laid out an approach that would allow individuals and institutions to define an optimal blend of investments. Today, this approach is known as Modern Portfolio Theory, and this is the best-in-class portfolio technique that we use to build our client portfolios.
We offer portfolios that range from low risk to high risk. On the lower end of the spectrum, we have client accounts that are designed to generate income and provide stability of principal. On the higher end, client assets are deployed when they are seeking long-term growth without any income needs in the near future.
The reality is many of our clients fall somewhere in between. During our planning process, we’ll carefully select where each of your accounts should be on the spectrum.
Our portfolio method allows us to capitalize on the fact that we are independent. We are able to use any investment that trades on the stock or bond exchanges, and we do not have an incentive to use one over the other. As a result, our portfolios are built in a way that aims to minimize expenses and potentially optimize client returns.
The process doesn’t stop with portfolio construction. Since the world is constantly changing, it is equally important that we have a disciplined approach to management.
Our clients receive rebalances throughout the year. Think of these adjustments as minor tweaks that strive to keep the portfolio fine-tuned to the economic environment. We are not seeking to jump in and out of positions; rather, we may expand and trim positions as prices and conditions change.
The technology we use to trade our portfolios allows us to be tactical if conditions require it. Our portfolios are built so that a shift to cash may be done on a moment’s notice. In addition, if global tensions, political actions, or other sudden events cause a significant shift in risk, then we are able to react quickly. We don’t have a crystal ball to foresee these events, but we do have the capability to react if that is the best course of action.
While we are glad to have this capability, a tactical shift of this nature should rarely be necessary. Our emphasis is on pairing your assets with the proper investment mix so that we may potentially reap the benefits of upward movements while tolerating the downside. We simply want you to know we have the ability to be tactical.
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