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Our Core Tenets

Our core beliefs form the foundation of our investment discipline, which places you and your concerns at the very center of all we do. These tenets underscore our efforts to provide you with a smoother ride and attractive, competitive returns.

We have redefined "risk" in a way that matters more to you

Let us try to reduce risk in your portfolio. We strive to not just hedge against volatile ups and downs, but against "drawdown," the potential for long-term, significant capital loss—which is what investors really care about. Focusing on drawdown exposure can also provide an opportunity for better risk-adjusted performance.
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RISK

Redefine "risk" in a way that really matters.
Investors like a smooth ride, but they care more about better risk-adjusted performance. We aim to manage "drawdown exposure," which is the potential for long-term capital loss.

Portfolios aren't truly diversified with the typical asset classes alone

Have a well-diversified portfolio, but don't do it the old-fashioned way. Instead of allocating portfolios by breaking them down into equities, fixed income, and cash, our more refined, modern approach looks at the underlying economic factors that drive asset class behavior and strive to achieve enhanced return.
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DIVERSIFICATION

Investors cannot diversify by stocks and bonds alone.
Today's markets require that portfolios be diversified both across and within a broad sweep of asset classes—and by the economic forces that drive asset classes.

It's not what you reap: It's what you keep

Adding value from a tax perspective is as critical as from an investment perspective. Our integrated, tax-wise structuring is designed to help preserve wealth for the family, while incorporating solutions that we believe are likely to minimize your annual and generational tax burden.
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TAXES

It's not what you reap, it's what you keep.
Tax-advantaged portfolios can help minimize tax burdens and maximize generational wealth.

An investment's potential value should exceed its expected costs

If your wins are wiped out by expenses, it isn't a win. We believe that the potential value of an opportunity should be great enough to outweigh associated manager and transaction fees, as well as other costs.
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COSTS

If investment wins are wiped out by expenses, it isn't a win.
An investment's potential return should exceed expected costs, such as manager and transaction fees. We strive to offer our clients the kind of lower fees that are usally available to only institutional investors.

We look outside the traditional box of solutions

Qualified clients may have an important way of accessing value through nontraditional, or alternative, strategies that are not in lockstep with public markets. For example, hedged exposures and private markets may significantly enhance portfolio efficiency and long-term expected returns for qualified investors.
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ALTERNATIVES

Think outside the box of traditional solutions.
We provide qualified investors with access to nontraditional, private market investments that don't typically move in lockstep with traditiional solutions and may greatly enhance portfolio efficiency and long-term expected returns.

Let our experienced team put our core tenets to work for your customized portfolio.





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