Archive for the ‘Investment Performance and Reporting’ Category

Investment Policy Statements For Families: The Breakdown

By Mark Barnicutt on December 11th, 2020

A prospective client recently met with me as he wanted to change his Investment Advisor. When I asked about the reason(s) why, he simply stated “performance“.  When I then asked if his Investment Advisor had not measured-up against his...

How to Preserve Capital

By Mark Barnicutt on December 3rd, 2020

OVERVIEW For affluent family investors who have accumulated hard-earned capital or investment fiduciaries who are responsible for the stewardship of capital for the benefits of others, such as foundations, I believe that investing should be...

Clarifying the Book Value mystery

By Dan Hallett on May 25th, 2020

The biblical figure Methuselah and the “Book Value” or “Book Cost” shown on investment statements have something in common. Maybe all of this distancing is getting to me; but stay with me. Methuselah was said to have lived to the age of 969...

Portfolio Risk Controls For Affluent Families How Is My Portfolio Monitored After It’s Setup?

By Mark Barnicutt on March 6th, 2020

OVERVIEW: When constructing portfolios for investors, I believe that there needs to be a thorough process of quantifying their investment goals, understanding their journey in life, and assessing their tolerances to various types of risk. The output...

Is the old 60/40 portfolio dead?

By Dan Hallett on February 25th, 2020

There have been many large proclamations in the investing world over the years. Perhaps the most famous – or infamous – is Business Week’s August 13, 1979 magazine cover declaring “The Death of Equities”. Others emerged during the late...

3 Types of Portfolio Reviews and Why They Matter

By Adam Laird on February 25th, 2019

Building and maintaining wealth is a journey. You start by taking the time to understand your needs and goals, and develop a plan and a portfolio that will help you realize them. But how do you make sure you stay on track? Ongoing reviews are key to...

Why Portfolio Monitoring Creates Sustainable Wealth

By Adam Laird on November 28th, 2018

Regardless of how you acquired your wealth, there’s one thing all investors have in common—a desire to make sure their wealth will be sustainable and able to meet their needs over time. But what if your needs change? What if the initial...

Due Diligence Can Distinguish Good from Bad Money Managers

By Dan Hallett on April 25th, 2018

Securities regulators have recently sanctioned a few mutual fund companies for spending excessively on promotional events and gifts to financial advisors who sell their funds. This is harmful to investors since it really treats the advisor – not...

The Client Dangers of Proprietary Investment Product Overload

By Mark Barnicutt on March 28th, 2018

Absolute Objectivity Is Key When Advising Clients One of the Founding Principles of HighView Financial Group is ‘objectivity’, which from a portfolio construction perspective means that we don’t believe that advisors should be conflicted in...

Firing Your Underperforming Money Manager

By Dan Hallett on July 5th, 2017

Over the past two decades, investors have had seemingly little patience for an underperforming investment or money manager. Investors tend to dump the laggard for “something that’s doing better”. But an understanding of market...

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