The process begins with a thorough assessment of your financial circumstances and investment objectives to create your Investment Profile. This will include information such as:
Obtaining this information is an important component of the investment process as it provides your wealth manager with the foundations they need to create your bespoke investment portfolio. It can also help build a long and trusted relationship between you and your wealth manager.
Risk Tolerance & Risk Profiling
Risk profiling is important part of the investment process. It is used to determine the optimal level of risk required to achieve your objectives (Risk Required) whilst taking into consideration how much risk you can afford to take (Risk Capacity) and how much risk you are willing to take (Risk Tolerance).
Risk Required – is the risk associated with the return required to achieve a client’s goals and objectives from the financial resources available.
Risk Capacity – is the level of financial risk a client can afford to take.
Risk Tolerance – is the level of financial risk and volatility the client is comfortable with.
Asset Allocation – is the split of different types of assets – usually equities, fixed interest, property and cash. How a portfolio is divided into these asset classes is the most important driver of investment performance and volatility.
Risk profiling is important part of the investment process. It is used to determine the optimal level of risk required to achieve your objectives (Risk Required) whilst taking into consideration how much risk you can afford to take (Risk Capacity) and how much risk you are willing to take (Risk Tolerance). It is unlikely that your risk tolerance, capacity for loss and risk required will match each other. For example, you may be willing to accept a high degree of risk, but your financial circumstances indicate that you are unable to take much loss without a significant impact on your standard of living; or the risk you need to take to achieve your objective is very high but your willingness to take risk is low. In practice this will involve you making judgements and decisions about the level of risk you wish to take with your investments. In this situation, your experienced wealth manager will discuss any discrepancies with you and agree the most appropriate strategy based on the details you have provided.
Once you have an agreed strategy, your wealth manager will blend the correct mix of defensive assets (fixed income, cash) and growth assets (equities) to create your bespoke investment portfolio. Other asset classes, such as alternative investments and property, will also be used to enhance the portfolio. This approach significantly increases the diversification of the portfolio and therefore reduces the overall risk.
Strategic Asset Management
The core asset allocation of the portfolio is based on several factors, such as your risk tolerance, time horizon and investment objectives. This will represent 95 percent of the combined portfolio.
Tactical Asset Allocation
We implement an active management portfolio strategy or tactical asset allocation with 5 percent of the combined portfolio to take advantage of opportunities such as, market pricing anomalies or strong market sectors.