Growth Investor Awards 2020: Third time lucky?

Steven McGregor – Business Development Director – 25th November 2020

We are delighted to announce that we have again been nominated as a finalist for Wealth Manager of the Year at the Growth Investor Awards 2020! 

This is the third year in a row we have been selected as a finalist; last year we were runners up and awarded the One to Watch accolade, so we hope to go one better this year.

The Wealth Manager of the Year award recognises Tavistock Wealth as a company that actively promotes innovative investment products. Award submissions were assessed over the last 12 months, focussing on overall impact including advisor education, applying expertise that adds value, overcoming challenges, customer feedback, and business impact.

Tavistock Wealth has a long track record of managing global multi-asset class portfolios comprised solely of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and the ACUMEN Portfolio range forms the heart of the proposition.

These portfolios are broken down into 10 multi-asset class UCITS funds, three of which offer the investor an element of protection, locking in 90% or 85% of the highest-recorded Net Asset Value. It is possible for clients to invest directly into one or any combination of these funds.

Alternatively, many clients and investment advisors prefer to invest in model-portfolios. We therefore also offer a platform-based model portfolio solution, which caters to this growing audience whilst maintaining our high-quality approach to ETF based investment management.

Our primary goal is to generate long-term capital growth and greater risk-adjusted returns for investors. To do so, we adopt a top-down view of the world which allows us to determine the broad trends that drive markets. From here, we can allocate risk as appropriate around the globe and across asset classes including equities, bonds, commodities, and currencies.

This way of investing stems from fundamental economic research and the application of quantitative and qualitative analysis.

In addition, our ESG range adheres to a best-in-class environmental, social and governance investment policy; a data-driven framework designed to distinguish between ESG leaders and laggards.

Our ACUMEN ESG Protection Portfolio was recognised by the judging panel as being particularly innovative. The protection component within the fund, which aims to ensure at least 90% of the highest value ever achieved by the portfolio, has proven to be particularly appealing given the volatility that clients have seen, and continue to face.

Our funds aim to provide investors with long-term capital growth from a multi-asset portfolio made up of holdings adhering to the Tavistock ESG Investment Policy, meaning that it also caters for the growing demand from investors who are looking for an investment with an ethical approach.

By meeting these key client needs, the ACUMEN ESG Protection Portfolio offers a truly innovative solution to some really pressing client concerns in the current investment landscape.

John Leiper, CFA, CFTe – Chief Investment Officer

13+ years experience, Ex Morgan Stanley & Credit Suisse

Sekar Indran – Senior Portfolio Manager

Equities 

Andrew Pottie – Senior Portfolio Manager

Fixed Income

Alex Livingstone – Head of Trading

FX & ETFs

Jonah Levy – Portfolio Manager

Physicals

James Peel – Portfolio Manager

ESG

These benefits are compounded by in-house execution. The investment team currently trade ETFs in-house, a set-up that allows us to put the largest and most sophisticated ETF market makers (including Jane Street, Flow Traders, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley) into direct competition as counterparty to our trades.

This results in a notable improvement in execution costs, which directly benefits the end investor.

Throughout the year we have also been very active in the development and education of financial advisers, across a range of subjects.

The Growth Investor Awards judging panel were impressed with our activity in developing adviser knowledge on why the ESG market is important to advisers and clients. Across various mediums, we have invested time and resource in educating advisers on the benefits and impact to the environment, improving society and promoting good corporate governance.

We provide regular insight into how asset classes behave as well as share our views and outlook through social media blogs, covering topical issues in live time.

These aim to offer context, research, and data, helping to keep the adviser informed and aid client conversations. This was highly successful during the downturn in February/March 2020 following the outbreak of the global pandemic.

This investment Blog is published and provided for informational purposes only. The information in the Blog constitutes the author’s own opinions. None of the information contained in the Blog constitutes a recommendation that any particular investment strategy is suitable for any specific person. Source of data: Bloomberg, Tavistock Wealth Limited unless otherwise stated.  

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