March 16, 2020—Amid a turbulent global and market environment, we remain committed to our clients and colleagues.
We were founded on the principle of helping investors achieve their performance goals by serving as a hands-on investment partner. We work closely with clients to understand their risk tolerances and deliver robust investment strategies designed to meet their complex needs.
With more than 40 years of experience serving as a trusted investment advisor to institutional investors, families, and family offices, our non-discretionary management service provides clients with an experienced investment team to consider portfolio and investment issues while ensuring that the client maintains final decision making on portfolio investments.
This service model is available for total or partial portfolios and typically works well for clients who have the resources and expertise to contribute to portfolio performance alongside their investment team or for clients who simply prefer to retain decision-making authority over their portfolio’s investments.
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Pensions face critical investment and management challenges as COVID-19 impacts capital markets. For single-employer plans, we have found that liquidity, rebalancing, implementation and communication are key issues to keep in mind.
As the COVID-19 outbreak has escalated in the United States, sponsors of single employer–defined benefit pension plans have experienced a roller coaster ride. Avoiding, or at least cushioning, another wild ride requires a well-designed hedging strategy that accounts for credit spreads. We provide context for this rapidly evolving spread environment and potential responses.
April 8, 2020 – The economic impact from the COVID-19 virus has been swift, creating a dichotomy between “risk-free” Treasury interest rates and corporate spreads. In this paper, we outline how hedging programs may need to re-align their strategies given the current circumstances while continuing to lean on the basics.
In periods of market stress, it can be difficult to rebalance, much less overweight risky assets like equities. In this paper, we review our approach using multiple lenses: magnitude and duration of drawdowns relative to history, cheapness of valuations, and presence of pre-conditions for markets to begin their ascent. Such an approach can help investors tune out the emotion and dial in on the hard data and most probable outcomes even in the face of great uncertainty. While opportunities are developing across many markets, investors should hold off on broad overweights to risky assets at this time.
March 23, 2020— As we write in March 2020, COVID-19 is spreading across much of the world, undercutting economic activity. While how this situation will unfold is not entirely clear, we have long believed that the best way to guard against future uncertainty is to have a well-constructed portfolio. One key component in that is understanding the relationship between asset prices and inflation.
Families of wealth face three key questions about intergenerational wealth planning: how best to invest to sustain future generations; how best to engage the next generation; and how best to ensure family unity endures. Often each question is addressed independently. We find that a conversation across generations about the impact of a meaningful venture capital allocation can help address all three questions in an integrated manner.
March 18, 2020—The bear has finally come out of his long hibernation, causing us to dust off our playbook for weathering bear markets.