Servblue update

A collaborative, team oriented portfolio management process is employed to construct and manage the Servblue. The investment team incorporates the distinctive talents and specialties of multiple investment professionals and diligently seeks to maximize the risk-adjusted returns of each portfolio model. Maintaining a long-term perspective is important because it allows us to:

  • Keep our focus and maintain the strategic investment allocations without chasing returns.
  • Select investments on the basis of long-term merit.
  • Resist making impulsive changes.
  • Keep short-term developments in perspective.

Our investment philosophy remains one of broad-based diversification to help minimize downside risk and maximize risk-adjusted returns. Our key investment principles include:

The returns of the various asset classes rotate over time because of varying exposures to market, economic, and political factors. Therefore, it is not possible to consistently predict, with absolute certainty, the best performing asset classes. Also, it is well documented that asset allocation is the primary determinant of portfolio returns. For these reasons, it is critical to utilize an extremely diverse group of traditional and alternative asset classes to maximize the risk-adjusted returns of the portfolio. The continued development of the financial markets and evolution of new asset classes has significantly increased the availability and number of asset classes. This requires continuous market research to ensure each portfolio maintains proper diversification.

We believe that active management should be incorporated into every investment approach and philosophy. This is because judgments and assumptions need to be formulated in order to construct and manage every portfolio. Prudent investment management requires consistent and clearly defined active management objectives, which is the goal of our clearly defined portfolio management process. Research indicates that short-term market timing strategies rarely, if ever, generate consistent excess return. However, it is our belief that a disciplined research and management approach can identify opportunities for improved returns over the long-term.

Diversifying your investments among different asset classes is an important part of long-term investing. In fact, asset allocation has been shown to have the greatest influence on investment performance and is one of the most essential investment decisions you can make. Historically, asset classes – stocks, bonds, and cash – have taken turns outperforming each other. By owning a mix of different performing asset classes, you may help lessen the effect of market volatility in your overall portfolio and may increase your return potential over time. Non-traditional assets – commodities or Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) – do not necessarily move in step with stocks and bonds. It is why some top university endowment fund managers and institutional investors use them to seek return and manage risk.

Where does your return come from?

asset-allocationWhile asset allocation with traditional and non-traditional asset classes are a sensible way to balance investment risk and reward, it does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.

Strategic Asset Allocation

Proven and theoretically supported long-term diversification strategy that balances risks and returns. Removes subjectivity and emotions. Portfolio allocation matches client circumstances.

Security Selection

Method of portfolio management in which securities are bought and sold based off the underlying sector’s performance.

Market Timing

Method of portfolio management in which securities are bought and sold based off speculation of changing markets conditions.