The objective of our business is simple: “ To help our clients achieve lifestyle goals, financial security and peace of mind with the lowest possible risk.”
Our policy is to focus our clients’ investments using the tried and tested strategy of structured asset allocation and fund manager diversification. We do not embrace “hot trading tips” or “get rich quick” schemes. Attempting to beat the index through market timing and/or security selection is difficult, if not impossible to achieve over time.
Our strategy regarding diversification is based upon carefully selected assets. The primary objective is the performance of the entire portfolio rather than the performance of any single asset. Our independence enables us to ensure that clients’ wealth is placed in the products of the most appropriate companies in order to achieve the clients’ wealth creation objectives.
Both our clients and our service providers recognise this independence as being an essential component of our holistic value proposition. All fees or commissions earned are fully disclosed and agreed at the outset.
• Assessing financial and risk requirements
• Designing and managing investment and risk portfolios.
• Recommending appropriate products and services Financial and Risk Requirements.
• A personal financial plan tailored to meet each client’s lifestyle and investment objectives.
• Flexibility to accommodate future changes in personal objectives, legislation and investment options.
• Cost-effective implementation of the investment strategy
• Objective, unbiased advice, not influenced by fees and commissions, corporate alignment or other incentives.
• Your current financial and personal circumstances (current investments, assets, liabilities and income potential, together with an understanding of your family and business situation).
• Your goals and expectations in terms of your investment portfolio and current or future income and capital requirements.
• Your expectations regarding income returns and capital growth and volatility.
• Your understanding of portfolio and asset class returns.
• Any other risk and investment issues that may need further clarification.
• Local investment portfolios consisting of a combination of cash, equities, property and bond instruments, plus specialised hedge and structured funds.
• Investment products including retirement funds and annuities.
• Estate planning including wills and trusts.
• Tax planning.
• Personal risk management (including assessment of existing life policies, retirement annuities, endowments and employee benefits).
• Business risk management including shareholder protection risk cover and key man insurance.
• Direct offshore investments and trusts.
• Offshore transfers through negotiated asset swaps.
• Offshore portfolio management of funds held in overseas jurisdictions.
• Offshore tax and estate planning.
• Offshore personal and business risk management.
This is the most important step in the process as it is the foundation on which all the other steps are built. Before choosing anyone to manage your investments, it is vital to give careful consideration to what you hope to gain in return. We use a proprietary methodology to answer, among others, the following questions:
1. What stage of asset growth are you in? Wealth accumulation or wealth preservation?
2. How much risk are you willing to assume for a given return?
3. What is the time frame for reaching your investment goals?
4. What is your tax situation?
As your professional financial planning advisor, having gained a complete understanding of all of the above we proceed to this next stage which is common understanding of investment aims and risk/return tolerances. This is established through the creation of a formal investment management policy document. This document guides all future decisions and is the central repository for all intelligence regarding client investment time frames, risk and return objectives, tax-sensitivities etc.
The formalisation investment management policy, is used as the baseline for the creation of an optional portfolio. History has proved that asset allocation accounts for over 90% of a portfolio’s performance and as such is the platform of the optimal portfolio design step. Utilising proprietary analytical models, we produce different scenarios defining a number of different asset blends that will meet the expected rate of return, while maintaining an acceptable level of risk within the portfolio. We then work through these scenarios with you to determine which one best suits your needs.
Investment performance is one of the primary objectives of any investor and must be weighed against the risks associated with such performance. Time horizons are a key element in determining appropriate asset allocation strategies.
In order to spread risk, one of the critical decision we make with you here is how to best allocate you funds’ assets among the widest range of possibilities available.
Once an ideal asset allocation is determined, using external standard quantitative methods we select fund managers to implement the selected asset allocation. Prior to this selection, we undertake a careful due diligence of the fund managers, analysing data such as past performance, personal qualifications of executive officers and the investment managers’ philosophy, amongst others. These processes enable us to select the fund managers with the optimal management philosophy, style and capabilities to best manage your investments, having eliminated those not aligned to your requirements.
Once the selected manager are in place, we then provide customised quarterly reporting which enables us to jointly monitor the performance of you investment managers.
The final stage of the process completes what we call our “Virtuous Circle”. Our asset allocation and manager selection processes are dynamic – although our asset allocation guidelines tend to remain consistent over time, we review them continuously and will occasionally modify them to reflect fundamental market changes, or changes in your objectives or circumstances. In addition, we continually monitor the performance of the selected fund managers and through the comprehensive fund manager selection process, we are able to suggest replacements for under-performing fund managers without having to revisit you investment strategy.
Throughout the whole process we maintain a high-level of personal contact and ensure that whatever solutions we implement effectively managed your risks and deliver the results you desire.