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Investment Management

Engineering Lower Risk Portfolios, Without Sacrificing Returns

Asymmetric Portfolio Construction

Navigating Increasingly Volatile Markets with Greater Certainty

We take an "enhanced" diversification approach to investing, utilizing risk-managed strategies to minimize the effects of downside volatility on investment returns and have unlimited flexibility to customize client portfolios, including the use of alternative investments. A portfolio that spends less time recovering, may spend more time compounding.

An Approach You Can Stick With.
Our 40/30/30 framework involves redirecting 20% of your portfolio from stocks and 10% from bonds to create a third 30% sleeve, which is allocated to alternative investments. Alternative investments can introduce a new level of robust defense for your portfolio in turbulent or uncertain markets. They can also offer out-sized returns.

Our investment strategy focuses on protecting your portfolio by allowing for more flexibility in its construction. It includes both a passive and active investing approach. We are able to provide you with efficiency and cost savings through prudent use of passive ETFs in certain areas, but we also add substantial value by utilizing strategies that actively manage both market trends and market risk.

Strategies that actively manage both market trends and market risk
Combination of passive and active investing approach
Portfolio protection against potential severe losses
Efficiency and cost savings
Our risk-engineered portfolio design process embraces an "enhanced" diversification model when our indicators point to a high probability of a potential major downward change in market trend. A wider range of non-traditional alternative mutual funds and ETFs are blended into your core asset allocation in order to better protect your portfolio against potential severe losses.
Remember this chart when someone tells you that it's important to diversify into overseas markets:
World Stocks vs. S&P 500 Index
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Traditional asset allocation, whereby portfolios are constantly adjusted to produce diversification benefits as market conditions change, is in and of itself a perfectly respectable tool to managing equity risk. However, the problem is that when you enter abnormal markets, asset classes become highly correlated, meaning they move together and you don’t get the diversification benefits.

During the brutal bear market of 2008, for instance, many investors held assets that supposedly had low correlation, historically. Yet, when the markets crashed, those correlations went up sharply and all assets went down, together. For most investors, their diversified portfolios failed and large losses followed. It’s in those market environments that you really need to have done something different to manage downside risk. In 2008, we did.

Recent studies have shown that diversification only offers a limited amount of protection and is successful approximately just 65 per cent of the time. As a result, it does not protect a portfolio from drawdown during major market events and is successful primarily in normal and low-risk periods. *

Our advanced risk-engineered platform protects your investment portfolio and provides you with a higher degree of certainty that you will be able to maintain your current lifestyle, bringing peace of mind and the flexibility that real life demands.

* SSGA "Walking The Tightrope: How CIOs are Balancing Upside Participation and Downside Protection, 2015

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