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Asset Management

Research and management that powers our advisory team and the strategies used by select clients and external advisors.

Guiding Principles

Pursue Value, Manage Risk, and Preserve Compounding

We believe that market inefficiencies occur as a result of excessive focus on short-term results, a lack of global perspective, and persistent behavioral biases, especially during periods of market extremes. Because of this, we seek investments that, in our opinion, offer attractive value in relation to their upside potential. We also focus on managing downside risks in order to keep the power of compounded working for you, rather than against you.

Dedicated Research

Structured Analysis of Risks and Opportunities

Our clients share a desire to better manage the risks and opportunities that flow from changing market conditions. As such, we endeavor to be impartial interpreters of what the market is telling us. Guided by decades of academic research and our own rigorous analysis, we monitor global macroeconomic themes, identify risks and opportunities among asset classes, and perform valuations on individual securities. Our structured approach to research and analysis underpins our decision-making and serves as a resource to our clientele.

Investment Strategies

Dynamic Strategies to Supplement Portfolios

Our approach to adjusting investment exposures over time and in accordance with prevailing market conditions can often compliment more traditional, static allocations. We offer access to select strategies through separately managed accounts.

DRIV Core

DRIV Core is a tactical allocation strategy that seeks to achieve returns comparable to the broad U.S. stock market over full cycles but with less volatility and downside risk. The goal is to achieve superior risk-adjusted returns over the long run. This approach focuses on varying the portfolio allocation between stock and bond investments over time and through different market conditions, based on our analysis of valuations and projected returns.

DRIV Hedged

DRIV Hedged is a hedged equity strategy that seeks to achieve returns comparable to the broad U.S. stock market over full cycles but with less volatility and downside risk. The goal is to achieve superior risk-adjusted returns over the long run. This approach utilizes a blend of index-based equity investments, options hedging, and volatility trading techniques. The combination is designed to provide exposure to gains in the stock market while guarding against significant losses.

Core Equity & Options

The Core Equity and Options (CEO) strategy is an actively managed approach that generally holds 20 to 30 large capitalization equities and may write longer duration covered call options and/or cash-secured put options. When compared to an all stock portfolio, the primary objectives in using options are to increase cash flow, reduce volatility, and manage net exposure to the underlying equities.

Global Equity

The Global Equity strategy is a technically-driven, stock-based approach that seeks representation in the strongest areas of the U.S., International, and Emerging markets. This strategy provides our clients with a more concentrated approach to global investing.

Strategic Equity

The Strategic Equity portfolio is an actively managed approach that generally holds 20 to 50 large capitalization equities. This strategy seeks long term capital appreciation with returns comparable to broad measures of the U.S. equity market over long run market cycles.

Enhanced Income

The Enhanced Income strategy focuses on current income as a primary objective, with capital appreciation as a secondary objective. This strategy surveys areas of the traditional bond market in addition to non-traditional, liquid sources of income such as MLPs, REITs, energy royalty trusts, convertible bonds, preferred stock, etc. The broad investment scope provides the opportunity to perform well in an inflationary or rising interest rate environment when bonds often do not.

SMA Strategies

Full transparency, liquidity, and the ability to meet a variety of needs using separately management account strategies.

Risk Management

Complement existing allocations or build new portfolios with sophisticated risk management strategies at a reasonable cost.

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