My Investment Philosophy

I believe that a balanced approach to portfolio construction provides a reasonable long-term rate of return while at the same time minimizing risk and maximizing income. The tax benefits of such a portfolio are also numerous and well documented. It is my opinion that a disciplined conservative investment philosophy, much like the foundation of a home, is the cornerstone from which to build your portfolio.

Discipline is a fundamental component of my investment philosophy. I believe that clearly defined investment principles lead to greater success and I take a long-term, portfolio approach to investing while managing risk.

  • Financial security can be achieved by developing and committing to a long-term investment plan.
  • Putting this plan in writing is crucial. Seeing your written goals provides a focal point for the decision making process. The plan is dynamic and evolves as life changes.
  • Avoiding loss and minimizing risk is important. Asset allocation and diversification are the most effective ways to manage risk.
  • Consistent returns cannot be achieved by chasing the latest “hot idea” or product. Only adherence to a disciplined program consistently leads to successful outcomes.
  • Market timing will not work. You must stay invested and be a consistent long-term investor.
  • A regular review process allows for the systematic re-balancing of your portfolio. This brings the portfolio back in line with the original asset allocation and risk profile decisions. Failing to re-balance a portfolio could mean that over time you may be taking more risk than is necessary.
  • Don’t follow the pack. Short-term movements in the stock market are driven by the emotions of greed and fear. These short-term movements are irrelevant to long-term investors.
  • Always take the time to understand what you own and why you own it. Educate yourself before you put your money at risk. Follow a predefined process for analyzing and researching ideas. 

My role is to help with this understanding and to provide professional, expert advice. Your personalized financial solution will be clearly outlined with an Investment Policy Statement (IPS). The IPS is a document designed to establish expectations and guidelines for each investment decision, and to facilitate evaluation of the portfolio. The IPS outlines the investment management philosophy for your portfolio and serves as the foundation for each investment decision.

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