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Clients Achieve Strong 2013 FY Returns

Article By Adam Hurwood | | Financial Planning
We are pleased to share that our clients’ portfolios have outperformed over the last financial year compared to index benchmarks.  We attribute this investment performance to being invested in growth assets, particularly Australian and International shares, and not holding too much cash over the last period. It is our core belief that a diversified, long term investment approach with a strong, regular review process can achieve great results.  Our regular review process assists our clients to make sure their investment portfolios are invested appropriately and aligned with their risk profile and goals. It is extremely important that investors consider the return they require to achieve their long term goals and match their portfolio accordingly.

Our review service described below is conducted on a regular basis to provide our clients with a consistent and high quality process for selecting and maintaining their investment portfolio.

Stage 1: Economic and Financial Market Research

In addition to our regular investment market information, at each review period we gather detailed economic reports from a variety of sources to provide us with a comprehensive picture of the current economic environment and its long and short term outlook. Our information is obtained from a combination of sources including:

  • A range of external research providers;
  • Personalised teleconferences and interviews from portfolio investment analysts/managers from a number of international and Australian fund managers and equity research specialists; and
  • Securitor’s (our financial licensee) own investment research team.

Stage 2: Review Asset Allocation

Our economic outlook is then segmented on a sector-by-sector basis. These sectors are cash, fixed interest – Australian and international, Australian equities, international equities, property and alternatives (such as infrastructure and/or commodities).

Each sector is assessed on its potential risks and expected return going forward.

In reviewing our portfolios asset allocation and investment parameters, we also utilise the recommendations of our research house BT Investment Management to help us determine the appropriate asset allocation for each investor risk profile (e.g. balanced, high growth) and each individual sector.

During this process we may identify the need to add or remove an investment in a particular asset sector in order to achieve the appropriative investment mix for the portfolio.

Stage 3: Review and Blend Investments

Each existing investment is then reviewed on both its long-term and short-term performance, its current investment structure and where it is positioned/expected to generate returns in the future. We also speak to representatives from each investment/product, and independent analysts and specialists, to ensure that the investment style and process continues to work appropriately and produces returns over its recommended investment timeframe. This process includes reviewing whether there have been any material changes to the team/leadership/executive board; we also ensure that the investment holdings remain in-line with our investment philosophy.

Based on all of the above we will then make any changes in order to hold the best investments in each investment class.

Upon determining the best individual investment holdings, the next step is to then determine the optimum blend of the investments within each portfolio. This involves a combination of economic scenario modelling and reviewing and blending the investment style of each holding. Our overall goal throughout this whole process is to provide clients with the best selection of investments within a portfolio providing the most suitable level of risk, return and diversification.

How we can help

As you can see from the above, we have a very structured and thorough process to ensure that our clients’ money is managed carefully, with regard to their risk profile and return requirements. If you would like to speak to us further about this service or have friends or family that could benefit from a review of their investments, please feel free contact us.

Altitude Financial Planning is a Corporate Authorised Representative of Altitude Financial Advisers Pty Ltd
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