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SMA/UMA STRATEGIES

Today, advisory firms and advisors alike face an important decision whether to manage client investments in-house or outsource parts of the portfolio management process to a third party. Selecting a reputable and trustworthy partner to entrust your clients' assets is a must once the decision to outsource has been made.
Since 2005, our portfolio management team has managed Dorsey Wright Systematic Relative Strength strategies that are available today as separately managed accounts (SMAs). All SMAs are managed using a disciplined approach that seeks to capitalize on long-term trends. Our investment universe and model constraints differ from strategy to strategy, resulting in different risk and return profiles.

WHY RELATIVE STRENGTH / TECHNICAL ANALYSIS?

We believe an investor should have a systematic investment strategy in place to capitalize on the opportunities in the financial markets. Relative strength is a technical analysis indicator / investment factor upon which each of our portfolios is built on to offer such an approach to investing.

We rely on relative strength to manage portfolios because of its adaptive nature and its long-term track record. Relative strength is simple in concept, yet powerful in application. Relative strength is simply the comparison of price performance within a universe of securities.

SMA / UMA Availability

Firm Platform
Adhesion Wealth
 
 
Ameriprise
 
 
BB&T Scott & Stringfellow
 
UMAP and UMAP Select
Charles Schwab Institutional
 
Marketplace Platform
Envestnet
 
 
Fidelity Institutional
 
 
FolioDynamix
 
 
Hanlon
 
 
H.D. Vest Advisory Services
 
VestStrategist Platform
Kovack Securities
 
 
Lockwood
 
Managed Account Command
Morgan Stanley
 
IMS Platform
Pershing
 
ManagedConnect
Raymond James
 
Outside Manager Platform
RBC Wealth Management
 
MAP Platform
Saxo Bank
 
Saxo Select
SMArtX
 
 
Stifel
 
Opportunity Platform
TD Ameritrade Institutional
 
 
Town Square Capital
 
 
Trust Company of America
 
Money Manager X-Change
UBS Financial Services
 
MAC Platform
Voya
 
Wealth Solutions
Wells Fargo Advisors
 
PAN for Core and International and Masters/DMA/PAN for Global Macro

Different Portfolios for Different Objectives

Our Relative Strength portfolios offer a systematic approach to investing. Relative Strength, which is the comparison of price performance within a universe of securities, can provide a way to identify the current leaders and laggards. We rely on this method because of its adaptive nature and its long-term track record, and it is the investment factor upon which each of our portfolios is built.

Aggressive: This Mid and Large Cap U.S. equity strategy seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation. It invests in securities that demonstrate powerful relative strength characteristics and requires that the securities maintain strong relative strength in order to remain in the portfolio.
Core: This Mid and Large Cap U.S. equity strategy seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation. This portfolio invests in securities that demonstrate powerful relative strength characteristics and requires that the securities maintain strong relative strength in order to remain in the portfolio. This strategy tends to have lower turnover and higher tax efficiency than our Aggressive strategy.
ESG Core: This strategy is focuses on capital appreciation through exposure to companies in the Mid and Large Cap U.S. equity space that have positive ESG characteristics. This ESG portfolio invests in securities that demonstrate powerful relative strength characteristics and requires that the securities maintain strong relative strength in order to remain in the portfolio.
Growth: This Mid and Large Cap U.S. equity strategy seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation with some degree of risk mitigation. This portfolio invests in securities that demonstrate powerful relative strength characteristics and requires that the securities maintain strong relative strength in order to remain in the portfolio. This portfolio also has an equity exposure overlay that, when activated, allows the account to hold up to 50% cash if necessary.
International: This All-Cap International equity strategy seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation through a portfolio of international companies in both developed and emerging markets. This portfolio invests in those securities with powerful relative strength characteristics and requires that the securities maintain strong relative strength in order to remain in the portfolio. Exposure to international markets is achieved through American Depository Receipts (ADRs).
Global Macro: This global tactical asset allocation strategy seeks to achieve meaningful risk diversification and investment returns. The strategy invests across multiple asset classes: Domestic Equities (long & inverse), International Equities (long & inverse), Fixed Income, Real Estate, Currencies, and Commodities. Exposure to each of these areas is achieved through exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
Balanced: This strategy includes equities from our Core strategy (see above) and high-quality U.S. fixed income in approximately a 60% equity / 40% fixed income mix. This strategy seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation and income with moderate volatility.
Tactical Fixed Income: This strategy seeks to provide current income and strong risk-adjusted fixed income returns. The strategy invests across multiple sectors of the fixed income market: U.S. government bonds, investment grade corporate bonds, high yield bonds, Treasury inflation protected securities (TIPS), convertible bonds, and international bonds. Exposure to each of these areas is achieved through exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

The following chart is based on Dorsey Wright’s opinion of the likely relationship between volatility and return relationships between each of the different strategies over a long period of time. Actual results can differ from these expectations. Greater volatility can result in greater gains and greater losses.

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Meet our Portfolio Managers

JOHN LEWIS, CMT / Senior Portfolio Manager

In this role, Mr. Lewis is responsible for the investment strategies used in various different indices and models.

Since joining Nasdaq Dorsey Wright in 2002, Mr. Lewis has developed strategies for the firm’s Systematic Relative Strength series of separate accounts, the Technical Leaders Index methodology, global asset allocation strategies, and multiple series of UITs. His work is technically driven and focuses on relative strength and momentum as the main factors in the investment process.

One of the foremost experts on relative strength investing, Mr. Lewis has authored several original research papers on the subject. He is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and a member of the Market Technician’s Association and the American Association of Professional Technical Analysts.

Mr. Lewis earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Southern California and a B.A. from the University of San Diego. He began his career in the investment industry in 1994. He is married and has two children.

ANDY HYER, CFP®, CIMA®, CMT / Client Portfolio Manager

A member of the portfolio management team at Nasdaq Dorsey Wright and is responsible for sales and service of investment strategies across Dorsey Wright’s funds, ETFs and SMA accounts.

Since joining Dorsey Wright in 2004, he has authored original research on the subject of technical analysis and speaks and writes regularly on the topic of momentum investing. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, Certified Investment Management Analyst, and a Chartered Market Technician.

He enjoys running and biking. He is married and has five children. He holds a B.S. from Utah State University with a dual degree in Finance and Economics.

CHARLIE COLEMAN / Associate Portfolio Manager

Charlie joined Nasdaq Dorsey Wright in November 2016. He began his career with Holly Street Wealth Advisors in Pasadena, CA. As one of the founding team members, Charlie worked to build out the operations, technology, and marketing material of the firm. He is currently studying for the CMT and is a holder of the series 65.

In his spare time Charlie enjoys cooking and running. He is married with one child. He graduated from the California State University at Fullerton in 2012 with a major in American Studies with a focus in business and minor in Entrepreneurship.

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