Managing Your Investments
Investment and Asset Management
Who is Making Your Investment Decisions?
Financial markets have become increasingly complex in recent years. Global forces now influence the fortunes of even domestic companies. New investment vehicles have emerged. Inflation, interest rates, commodity prices and geopolitical events can send markets soaring or plummeting in short periods of time.
The question is whether you are still comfortable with making your own decisions in this environment or whether you might consider relinquishing that responsibility to professionals whose involvement in the markets is full-time.
Have You Already Hired Discretionary Investment Managers?
You have if you've participated in any of the following:
- Mutual funds
- Separately managed account
- Variable life insurance
- Exchange-traded funds
- Variable annuities
- 401(k) or other defined contribution retirement plans
True, you may choose which mutual fund or 401(k) investment option, but once you do, you give a portfolio manager the authority to make buy and sell decisions. Perhaps now is the time to ask yourself whether it might make sense to take the additional step of working with us to:
Create A Customized Asset Allocation
Asset allocation is simply the amount of your overall assets that you decide to invest in each major asset class – stocks, bonds, cash and perhaps real estate, commodities and alternatives. According to many investment experts, it is by far the most important determinant of portfolio return, even more critical than securities selection. To formulate your asset allocation, we consider your objectives, timeframe for reaching them and risk tolerance, among other factors. The asset allocation we develop reflects those variables and is the first step in our management process.
Diversify Your Portfolio
“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” is a cardinal rule of investing, as well as many other life pursuits. We believe that diversifying portfolios across multiple asset classes can help reduce risk, while generating potentially higher returns over time. We also believe in further diversifying your portfolio among various investment categories – US vs. global securities, for example, or small cap vs. large cap stocks.
Identify Superior Third-Party Managers
We conduct extensive research on hundreds of third party managers to identify those with histories of consistently solid risk-adjusted performance and organizational depth and stability. The portfolio we create on your behalf may include a variety of managers, each of whom specializes in specific areas of the market.
Incorporate Both Active and Passive Investment Approaches
Passive investments that track the performance of a market index can be useful, in our opinion, when participating in widely traded markets where information is readily available. We also consider these investments for their low cost and tax-efficient characteristics.
Rebalancing Your Portfolio Periodically
Imagine your asset allocation is 60% stocks and 40% bonds. Now imagine that over the next year, the stock portion of your portfolio goes up by 10%. Your allocation is now 70% stocks and 30% bonds. It may seem counter-intuitive to sell what’s been working in favor of what hasn’t, but that’s the principle behind rebalancing. We rebalance our clients’ portfolios when warranted to make certain they are not assuming more or less risk than originally planned.
A Source of Ongoing Council
Markets change and so might your personal circumstances over time. At Lenox, we monitor your account on an ongoing basis to determine whether adjustments might be advisable due to prevailing market conditions or shifting priorities.
Asset allocation does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss in declining markets. There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will outperform a non-diversified portfolio or that diversification among asset classes will reduce risk.