BWA Conservative portfolio
The BWA Conservative portfolio has a normal range of equities between 0% to 20%.
Conservative: Risk Number 0-29 – Target 23 *with temporary (1-2 quarters) flexibility +/- 5 to 10.
Objective: Income with Capital Preservation
BWA Conservative Portfolio rebalance from Neutral to Overweight - May 2021.
We added 5% to "Alternative" investments in our Conservative and Moderate Conservative portfolios on 3/31/2020. Our Goal was to provide income to our portfolios. The due diligence on these investments started in March of 2018. We completed all of the client paperwork from 5/2019 to 12/2019 (*Remember lots of paperwork and DocuSign emails) so that we could add these investments into 3 of our discretionary portfolios.
We added 5% of these investments to our Moderate portfolio as of 4/9/2020. We plan to bump these investments to 10% within the month. Call it a "work in process". Please call if you have any questions as we are very limited in what we can put here on our webpage as these are complex products. The video below gives our clients a general overview. Please call Amy at 781-772-2470 or 401-383-1500 if you would like to schedule a 15 minute call to review how these products work.
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Alternative investments may not be suitable for all investors and should be considered as an investment for the risk capital portion of the investor’s portfolio. The strategies employed in the management of alternative investments may accelerate the velocity of potential losses.
Our Most recent Allocations, Risk Numbers and Reports:
August 2019 Adjustment: Risk Number = 5
May 2019 updates: Risk Number = 7.
**Lowered Risk number from 19 down to 7. Sold out of Real Estate and lowered Equities from 10% down to 5%
March 2019 updates: Risk Number = 19.
International investing involves special risks such as currency fluctuation and political instability and may not be suitable for all investors. These risks are often heightened for investments in emerging markets. The prices of small and mid-cap stocks are generally more volatile than large cap stocks Bonds are subject to market and interest rate risk if sold prior to maturity. An increase in interest rates may cause the price of bonds and bond mutual funds to decline. Bond yields are subject to change. Certain call or special redemption features may exist which could impact yield Alpha — Measures risk-adjusted performance and is generally calculated as the difference between the returns of an investment and its benchmark.
November 2018 updates: Risk Number = 22.
In the Conservative model sold off all of Am Cent Short Dur with proceeds bought 2019 + 2020 Ishares Corp Bond Ladder. The goal with this change was to achieve a YTW (yield to worst) of over 3% on both instead of seeing the bond fund continue to lose NAV based on interest rate hikes.
Conservative Model - we added our only equity weighting in this model by purchasing iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA ETF (symbol USMV). This holding attempts to build a volatility focused US equity portfolio including both both large and mid cap companies. The fund will typically lag its peers in a strong equity market but is designed to hold up better in a market downturn.
In regards to our bond allocations,similar to our other models, based on the current interest rate environment we have emphasized a shorter duration approach. One of the holdings we have purchased is Prudential Short Term Corporate Bond Fund (symbol PIFZX) which has an excellent long term track record. We also added a multi sector short term bond fund by purchasing American Century Short Duration Strategic Income Fund (symbol ASDVX). This fund has the ability to invest in different sectors of fixed income with a management team mandate of mainly shorter duration investments.
Conservative Model changes May 2018 *Click here to Listen ~1min*